Public school districts in the United States have some authority and control over how they operate, but factors such as federal collective-bargaining law constrain what they can do. A full-blown polycentric education system would enjoy major benefits, such as enabling districts to discover better ways to educate students and to customize educational content to better meet the needs of a diverse student body.

Michael D. Strong is the author of The Habit of Thought (1999, Darya Ganj, New Delhi: New View Publication), lead author of Be the Solution (2009, Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley), and has thirty-five years of experience in creating programs and schools based on Montessori, Socratic, and entrepreneurial principles.
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