Lab schools are latest push for parental choice

Virginia’s constitution makes it exceedingly hard to establish charter schools, which explains its novel approach in the form of lab schools (“Virginia Breaks the School-Choice Barrier,” The Wall Street Journal, Jul. 4). These are publicly-funded schools under the control of public universities. They will appeal to supporters of parental choice, particularly because they are outside the state’s collective-bargaining agreement.

As readers of this column know, I support parental choice, but I’ve long stressed the intrinsic advantage that charter schools, for example, possess in being largely exempt from the rules facing traditional public schools. I maintain that if the latter were allowed to operate the same way that charters do, there would be little difference in outcomes.  I say the same thing applies to lab schools.

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