One of the ways government works best is when it pushes forth an idea that can empower citizens to take responsibility for its successful execution. This may be the case with creation of “Choice Neighborhoods.”
Last week, the Education Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development launched the program aimed to revitalize five key urban centers with a main goal of improving academic opportunity for students. These first Choice Neighborhood grants will be awarded first to Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle, and the money will be used to tackle everything from vacant lots, access to government services, and underperforming schools. This week, KnowledgeWorks’ Founding Director Chad Wick and others discuss the initiative in the NationalJournal.com Education Experts blog. In his post, Wick said if an unintended consequence of the program is the creation of new, authentic leadership, that would be a positive.
Read Wick’s full post by clicking here.