What does Donna Campbell mean by “competition”?

In the Republican primary run-off election for Texas State Senate district 25, the San Antonio Express-News has endorsed incumbent Jeff Wentworth over challenger Dr. Donna Campbell. “Wentworth is the clear pick in SD 25”, San Antonio Express-News, June 18, 2012. The editors note: “She said Texas public schools need competition, not cash.”

What does she mean, exactly? This is what Dr. Campbell’s campaign website says, under “Improving Education”:

I believe that every child is blessed with a unique set of talents and skills, but they can’t develop these without the support of good teachers, involved parents, and community mentors. Let’s cut red tape, increase vocational training, improve disciplinary measures, and find inventive ways to partner with businesses to encourage the development of valuable skills in the workforce. School choice and competition should also play a fundamental role in our education system. Every parent has a right to know whether their child’s school is fostering knowledge and growth, or inhibiting it. No child should be forced to attend a school that isn’t up to community standards. School vouchers are a proven way to empower families as they seek to build a better life for their children.

The primary run-off election is July 31.

sachartermoms

Parent-activist and education blogger in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Helping parents make informed school choices and explore cultural activities.

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