It is maddening how a century of “progressive education reform” has conditioned American parents to unquestioningly surrender their children to a system that has proven to fail no matter how much money it gets or reforms are tried.
It’s maddening that we have tacitly accepted the notion that government bureaucrats should decide where, when, how, and even what our children learn.
It’s maddening that no matter how much their child’s needs are not being met, poor parents are virtually powerless to do anything about it, while their children remain trapped in failing and – often dangerous – government schools.
Every parent deserves a choice. Â Every child deserves a chance. Â It’s LONG past time to take back the power that rightfully belongs to parents to determine what is best for their children when it comes to education.
The third annualÂ National School Choice WeekÂ is officially underway. Once again, school choice advocatesâ€”including parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many othersâ€”will come together to promote educational choice, with more than 3,600 events taking place nationwide.
School choice is something to celebrate, because it gives families the power to choose the best schools for their childrenâ€”helping children to improve educational outcomes and increasing overall parental satisfaction.
School Choice Students Graduate at Higher Rates
For example, students who participate in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP)â€”a private school voucher program for low-income K-12 studentsâ€”graduate at significantly higher rates than their peers, according to the results of a â€œgold standardâ€ (randomized, control group) study. More than 90 percent of DCOSP students graduate high school, compared to just 70 percent of their peers.
Similarly, research reveals that students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP)â€”the nationâ€™s longest running school choice programâ€”for all four of their high school years had aÂ 94 percent graduation rate, compared to a 75 percent graduation rate for their peers who attended four years of public high school.
School Choice Means Academic Gains
Research also shows thatÂ students who participate in school choice programs do better in school. In a review of all the â€œgold standardâ€ evaluations of school choice programs in the United States, researchers found that nine of the 10 studies revealed positive, albeit generally modest, academic improvement for school choice students.
Parents Are More Satisfied with their Childâ€™s Academic Experience
Parents of school choice students also report high levels of satisfaction with their childrenâ€™s schools. In Florida,Â 93 percentÂ of parents whose children participate in the McKay Scholarship Programâ€”a voucher program for special-needs studentsâ€”report being satisfied with their childâ€™s school, compared to just 33 percent of parents whose special-needs children were enrolled in public schools.Â DCOSP parents are also more likely to report satisfaction with their childrenâ€™s schoolsÂ and are more likely to describe their schools as safe. And Milwaukee school choice parents also report high satisfaction rates with the schools their children attend.
Education comes in many formsâ€”from private school choice to online learning, to charter schools and public schools and home schooling. Parents should be empowered to give their children the education that best meets their childâ€™s unique learning needs. School choice makes this possible by giving families from every background the ability to set the course for the brightest educational future for their children.
This week, find out how you can get involved inÂ National School Choice Week.
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