Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability, and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.
Libertarian Party Presidential Candidates
Arvin Vohra: defund federal student loans programs.
Daniel Behrman: get government out of the business of inflating the market by backing bad loans.
Libertarian Party of Minnesota
In order to achieve the best possible opportunity of education we advocate bringing the positive benefits of competition to the monopolistic government schools. Therefore, we call for the privatization and deregulation of schools. Also, we call for the repeal of compulsory education laws, truancy laws, school and teacher certification and licensing laws, and taxpayer financing of education.
As an interim measure we advocate tax credits for any individual or business sponsoring a person’s education, equal to the amount of that assistance. We also support open enrollment and the expansion of Minnesota’s charter school program which allows parents, students and educators to independently set up semi-autonomous schools operating under reduced public authority.
On principle, Libertarians call for the eventual complete separation of government and education, and call for an immediate end to state mandated curricula, including but not limited to: the Profile of Learning, Goals 2000, and School to Work.
COMMENTS: Education drives the competitiveness of the economy. It is true education is best provided by the free market with privatization and deregulation of schools. But subsidies to oligopolies of non-profit schools are responsible for the high cost of education (not student grants or loans). Moreover, children require help financing their education and cannot rely on parents, public goodwill or tax credits.