Parental choice and teacher shortage

The pandemic has revealed in dramatic detail the deplorable state of education in this country (“Empty Classrooms, Abandoned Kids: Inside America’s Great Teacher Resignation,” The New York Times, Nov. 18). It is seen most vividly in the teacher shortage.

There is no guaranteed panacea, but parental choice is the most hopeful solution.  Private and religious schools have few of the same recruitment and retention problems that their public-school counterparts have even though they pay teachers far less and expect far more from them.

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