If you need a hall pass, let me know now before we get started please. School choice is a hot-button issue, but I fear that much of the back-and-forth misses the real promise of school choice. The real promise of school choice is not the assurance that it will somehow magically raise reading and math scores. Though, let me note, that the most rigorous evaluations of charter schools suggest that their students do as well or better than their peers. The real promise of school choice is the opportunity for educators to create the kinds of schools that can best serve their kids in today’s America. Reform-minded educators, who are trying to create new programs or launch new schools in a traditional system, run into a wall presented by school boards and central administrators, and wary communities. This is frustrating, it can be intimidating, and it’s frequently a dead-end. School choice is not an attack on traditional public education. It’s an attempt to empower educators and an invitation to create the kinds of schools that we need in the 21st century. To learn more about my take on school choice, check the links in the description below. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like a AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.