Since President Trump named Betsy Devos his pick for Secretary of Education there has been a lot of talk about the issue of school choice.
School choice allows parents to make the best possible choice for their children’s education. It allows parents to make the decision based on their child’s individual needs whether it be a public, private, or religious education.
School choice provides parents with hope.
According to the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) school choice not only provides parents with the freedom to decide what is best for their child’s education but it also has a positive impact on the economy.
“The school choice program would reduce dropout rates and improve academic performance, translating into jobs and higher incomes,” an NCPA article states. “Studies not only show that school choice benefits the students who choose their schools, but it also improves public schools by creating competition.”
The opposition of school choice believe that it will take away resources and money from public education across the country. The NCPA explains that school choice will improve the public school system by forcing public schools to compete, therefore improving their performance.
Another reason school choice is so important is because many families live in districts where their public schools are underperforming and have high dropout rates.
According to a survey done by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 80 percent of parents surveyed support allowing parents to choose their child’s public school regardless of where they live.
The success of charter schools for low-income families has been significant.
A 2015 study done by Stanford University shows that urban charter school students received 58 additional days of learning in math and 41 additional days of learning in reading. This can explain why charter school students with disabilities are outperforming their peers in public school.
School choice works.
The Washington D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is a voucher program for low-income children. Those who participated in the program graduated high-school at a rate of 91 percent, this is 21 percent higher than their public school counterparts.
Parents deserve the chance to provide their children with the best opportunities that they can. A family’s income or zip code should not get in the way of a child’s chance at a quality education.
Every child should be given the best education possible, school choice does just that.