Entrepreneur Bob Luddy was tired of trying to convince North Carolina education bureaucrats to improve the state's public schools, so he built his own network of low-cost private schools, to show that it can be done, and to provide a model for the future. The Thales Academy network is now ten-years running and operating brilliantly.
Keep in mind that all this innovation is taking place despite the near-monopoly, taxing power, and coercive controls of a gigantic state system, one structured to crowd out other solutions. We can only imagine what kind of networks could be built if government got out of the way completely.
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