School-choice advocates usually speak of only two alternatives: public-school choice (open enrollment among public schools) and private-school choice (taxpayers subsidizing private-school tuition). Yet two other alternatives hold even greater promise for improving education: child-centered funding and outright (consumer-funded) privatization.

John D. Merrifield is Professor of Economics in the College of Business at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
EducationPublic SchoolsSchool Choice
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