The Odysseus Group takes its name and mission from the Greek hero who spent ten years fighting his way home, spurning wealth, fame, and the promise of immortality to reclaim his family. The Odysseus Group stands apart from party politics. We aim to revive public discussion of education and give decision making back to the people. We hope to revitalize grassroots democracy by presenting a lively menu of successful working alternatives to government factory schools—some public, some private, some parochial, and some personal. We intend to work toward legislative reforms that return school tax money to citizens' hands, where it can be spent to restore meaning to school choice by enlarging the range of available alternatives. We do not ask for an end to government schools, only that they be forced to compete. Free market choice will improve government schools, too.