Forging Consensus: Can the School Choice Community Come Together on an Explicit Goal and a Plan for Achieving It?
by Andrew Coulson
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
July 01, 2004
Despite sharing a great many ideas and ideals, school choice proponents have yet to agree on a common policy for improving education. A host of underlying differences of opinion makes it unsurprising that advocates have failed to unite behind any single policy prescription. Instead of arguing over our preferred legislative proposals as faits-accomplis, we should break down the policy formation process into discrete steps. By isolating and clarifying each point of disagreement along the way, we may find that many of our differences become resolvable, and by building upon these incremental resolutions, we can hope to forge a consensus.