Funding Students, Not School Systems: A Proposal, by Phil Lawler 

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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Jan 12, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

“Fund the student, not the system.” That slogan looks more and more powerful these days, as:

  • … parents teach their children at home, receiving directives— but no help— from the public-school systems;

  • …taxpayers confront the ever-higher costs of supporting the public schools (whether or not they are open), and their mediocre educational results; and

  • … powerful teachers’ unions, especially in American’s big cities, balk at the suggestion that classrooms should re-open— while of course insisting that teachers must be paid their full-time wages. …

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