Standardized test scores in Virginia’s government-run schools cratered after the COVID-related closures of the last two years. Now more than ever, these schools need to get back to basics. Too many administrators, regrettably, have allowed ideological sloganeering to derail them.
Moms and dads should have a right to know what happens inside the walls of their own kids’ schools. Too often, however, parents are left in the dark.
Similarly, taxpayers should have a right to see exactly how their money is spent. Every school district should post its contracts and financial transactions online – in a prominent, user-friendly manner.
All students deserve a high-quality education, no matter their ZIP code or family income level. Ultimately, educational tax dollars should follow kids to schools their parents freely choose.
Educational freedom would empower families to choose schools that meet their kids’ individual needs. As parents know well, every child is unique – one size does not fit all.
In addition, educational pluralism would allow families to pick schools that align with their own deeply-held and cherished values – this would finally end the vitriol and resentment associated with today’s needlessly divisive, win-lose school board fights.
Guided by our vision, EdReform Virginia will focus on various K-12 issues of concern, with an eye towards finding real solutions. Our first project, EdNews Virginia, will serve as a hub for education news and views from around the Commonwealth. As funds materialize, we intend to conduct high-quality, relevant studies that will inform Virginia’s education-related discourse.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Nathan Brinkman graduated from Seton Hall University and went on to a sales career in the telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries. Meanwhile, the cause of human freedom remained his passion. Now based in Virginia, Nathan has worked in a variety of roles at freedom-focused, reform-minded organizations. As the father of two kids, Nathan understands the moral urgency of education reform.