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Facts At Your Fingertips
While there are lots of factors that contribute to the problem, the over-riding cause receives little or no attention: For over 100 years, public education in the United States has operated as a monopolistic system. Each community has its own single provider of public education, and in most cases it produces the same product for every student year after year.
Responding to Education Monopoly
Some families have dealt with the monopoly by opting-out with private education or selecting their monopoly by choosing where to live. But a growing part of the population are captive because they can’t just pick up and move to a better school district. In those cases, the districts are the least likely to improve.