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Is Romney's school voucher-like proposal the solution to reform education? CNN education contributor Steve Perry says it's a step in right direction

Education could be the next hot button issue in the presidential campaign.

A new Gallup poll has American confidence in our public schools set at an all-time low of 29%, down 5% from last year. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he's ready to challenge President Obama over the issue.

He's voicing his support for a voucher based system that will let many parents choose which school to send their children to. At the Chamber of Commerce last month, Romney says he would give parents of low-income and special needs students the chance to pick their child's school.

"For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to the student so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school of their choice," Romney says.

CNN education contributor Steve Perry, also the founder of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, tells Soledad on "Starting Point" why he thinks this is a good idea.


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