Mitt Romney unveiled a series of changes primarily intended to give low-income families more choices in education and improve schools. The proposal would:
▸ Substantially change how the federal government allocates money to those K-12 schools with a high percentage of low-income children and for the education of disabled children. Currently, that money generally goes to the school districts. Under Romney’s plan, such children at low-performing schools would be able to use that money to attend another public school, charter school, or, if states allow it, private school.
▸ Require states to expand charter and online schools.
▸ Make it easier for companies to set up a series of charter or online schools across the nation.
▸ End federal intervention in failing schools, such as the mass firing of the staff at the Central Falls High School in Rhode Island in 2010. Instead, it would require states to improve report cards on public schools to give parents more tools to choose the most appropriate school.
▸ Reward states with grants if they improve teacher quality programs, including eliminating or overhauling teacher tenure.
▸ Ease certain certification requirements in an effort to recruit teachers.
▸ Allow private lenders to return to the subsidized college loan market, overturning a law that eliminated government fees paid to private banks.