The Case for School Relinquishment

Neerav Kingsland of New Schools for New Orleans is the leading proponent of the idea of “relinquishment” in public education, i.e., that centralized school districts should as a general rule cede control of the actual day-to-day operation of schools to educators, and that they should focus on monitoring quality and creating government-managed enrollment systems to ensure equity. The goal is that over time, innovative instructional models will emerge and the most successful will expand while the least successful will shrink out of existence. He’s recently written a summary of the basic ideas behind relinquishment that I highly recommend. Neerav has a knack for reconciling seemingly opposed views.

Reihan Salam — Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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