Under no child left behind, schools have been allowed to mix it up a bit. And the public is trying to make up its mind on the act
In the poll, 43 percent of people said they would be more likely to vote for a national candidate who supports private-school vouchers, the largest response for that question.
Private-school vouchers continue to lack majority support, according to the authors of the poll's summary. Asked if they favor or oppose allowing students and parents to choose a private school to attend at public expense, 54 percent opposed the idea; 42 favored it."
On the issue of private school vouchers, it is the parents money. They are the ones who have paid the taxes. If I choose to send my kid to a private school or home school, I should not have to pay the public school component of state and local taxes or I should get that money back in a form of a voucher (not pay the taxes in the first place would be more efficient). If you send you kid to public school, the state allocates that money to the school based on attendance. If you don't send you kid to public school, that per head rate is just increased.
I think taxpayers should not fund schools. Every parent should be responsible for paying the fees associated with school (or as much as possible). The PTA would become a sounding board for consumer complaints. The state or private charities could fund scholarships for the children that need to go to school, but cannot afford it. Parents paying directly for school would provide incentive for parents to get involved with their children schooling, provide incentives for parents to find ways to make their children get their money's worth out of school, make schools answer directly to the parents, and would allow parents to price shop trying to get the best value.