We do a disservice to students when insisting on one-size-fits-all policies and funding formulas, as well as implementing a great deal of social engineering that the courts and policymakers have put upon students. We should be asking public school teachers what helps them most, what serves students best, and how we can better encourage more parents to get involved and stay active. It should be easier for good teachers to be hired and rewarded and to move bad teachers out of the system. We also must innovate and push forward in providing educational options for parents. Texas has done a good job at this by keeping homeschooling free from regulation, encouraging charter schools and allowing for online public schools. We need to continue in this direction of putting involved parents rather than the system in the driver’s seat of their child’s education.