With Labor Day just around the corner, children and parents alike are preparing for the upcoming school year. While children are concerned with choices of backpacks and lunchboxes, parents face more complex education decisions.
Parents’ investment of time, attention and presence are critical to a child’s success, The Heritage Foundation’s Collette Caprara explains. But many parents are unable to make another important decision: where to send their child to school.
For many children in the United States, a good education depends largely on the school they attend. In most states, that depends on where the child lives. This limits school choice to those parents who can afford to move to a better school district or pay private school tuition. A lack of choice explains the low achievement in a majority of K-12 schools.
But there is good news: Underperformance in K–12 schools has galvanized some state and local leaders to give parents options other than their child’s zip code–designated school… As a result, school choice programs have been a welcome solution for parents in states that have enacted school vouchers, scholarship tax credits, and online learning alternatives. These options have given thousands of children the chance for a brighter future, particularly among low-income families.
School choice allows parents to have more involvement and control over their child’s education, which as research shows positively impacts academic achievement. Expanding school choice has the potential to empower parents to give their children a better education and a better future.
Do you think school choice would expand the educational opportunities available for children in your state?