Watching a hash of the news this morning and saw the topic "Nation's top teachers 'verbally spar' with Betsy DeVos in private meeting" a few times. Having mentored high school students and putting four of my own through LAUSD, it caught my attention. Headline A Headline B Headline C I listened and delved through the articles including the links I placed here and came to one conclusion; this was a discussion about what group knows what is best for your child when it comes to where they should attend school (school voucher programs and charter schools vs. assigned public schools) and what kind of school they should attend - in other words: Teacher / Union vs. Parents. The money received for populated public schools vs. the ability for parents to choose where to send their children. I came away from these and the news shows seeing the school/teachers side as saying "if students leave we will have even less to work with monetarily" and the parents side as saying "this is an opportunity to allow my child to attend a better / high performing school". As a mentor I can see the teachers concerns. As a parent I can see parents concern regarding decent education. My choice: Let the parents choose. The children (students) should not be forced to suffer in an under-performing school if the district has problems getting is right.