ample of the benefits of parental choice. Expanding parental choice continues to be a major objective in Arizona and many other reform-minded states because we look at charter schools as the beginning of parental choice, not the end.
Of course, there are growing pains that accompany this extraordinary new growth. Accountability mechanisms, although in place, are not as effective yet as they could be. We are working to improve them. And not all charters are perfect; who would expect they could be? We live in an imperfect world. I keep seeing in my mind's eye those Ninja parents ready to take on the world and the traditional educational system to give their child a better chance than they themselves had. We are doing everything we can to help those parents and their children reach that goal. But to do that we need to change the financing system as well, so that smaller schools like the charters are no longer punished financially. That is the future for Arizona, and perhaps the nation.
Stecklow Steve. 1996. "Start-Up Lessons: Arizona Takes the Lead in Charter Schools for Better or Worse." Wall Street Journal, December 24.