The recently deceased Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman was a passionate advocate for school choice.
He firmly believed that schools do a better job at educating students when they are accountable to parents. Right now many parents—especially poor ones—have no choice, no power to find better options. It’s no wonder that schools aren’t meeting their needs.
Anyhow, to see and hear Milton Friedman explain this in better words than I could ever manage, go here.