Mutiple Choice On Schools

E.D. Kain struggles with school choice:

I want to talk about school choice again, because it’s one of those topics that I have a really hard time coming to terms with, and it struck me over the weekend that this is at least partly because the schools and charter schools in my home town are so much different than the schools and charter schools in say Newark or Cleveland. Here, the public schools are actually pretty good and the charter schools are just another alternative – not really a “way out” from a terrible public education monopoly, but rather give people a different approach to education. Maybe a charter focuses on different teaching styles, or performing and fine arts, or more homework. Choice is really just choice and nothing more. It’s not life and death.

Yglesias berates liberals for scare mongering over performance pay for teachers and Ezra takes on the "first hired, last fired" system.