I hope one of the arguments was the current public shool monopoly is failing to actually educate our children
So true; but, the public education machine isn't there for educating your children, it is there to benefit the teacher's unions. So, from their pov, it is working perfectly well.
If you are a parent who actually cares about your child's education, then this is very good news indeed. Too bad it is not catching on in the rest of the country.