School Choice

“Education funding is meant for educating children – not for protecting a particular institution. We should fund students, not systems.”

Corey DeAngelis

American Federation for Children

Every 60 seconds, a child drops out of a public school in America.

In many of our nation’s largest cities dropout rates exceed 50 percent.

America is lagging behind more than a dozen other nations in math and literacy.

What is School Choice?

The definition of “School Choice” is any policy that allows families to take their children’s education dollars to the approved education provider of their choosing.

Parents should have a wide range of high quality schools or educational options to choose from – be it traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, virtual learning, or home schooling. Families deserve to have the freedom to choose the educational environment that serves their children best, regardless of financial ability or home address.

Private school choice, through scholarship tax credit programs, vouchers, educational savings accounts and individual tuition tax credits, gives students, including those from low-income families or those with special needs, the opportunity to receive tuition to attend a private school that meets their needs immediately. Public school choice, like charters or magnets, allow families to choose educational settings within the public system.

 

Want to Learn More?

For more information, including research that supports the efficacy of school choice programs, what types of programs exist and how each state handles school choice, please visit the following websites: