Some of the school choice measures include:
- Vouchers: Students can take money that would’ve been spent on them in a public school and use it to attend a private school. This is usually designed for people who can’t afford private school.
- Charter Schools: Schools funded by the government but managed privately.
- Homeschooling: Parents teach their children.
- Tuition Tax Credit: People and corporations can donate money to organizations (STOs) that give scholarships to students in low-income families who want to attend private school. They then get a tax deduction for the money donated.
- Magnet Schools: Specialty schools that are developeed by a district. Their focus can be vocational, fine arts, math/science, accelerated learning, etc.
- Open Enrollment: Students can choose to go to a different school in their own district (intra-district) or between districts (inter-district).
- Private Schools: Students can pay to go to a privately run school.
|Competition forces creation of new programs and ideas to improve schools||It favors those with means of transporting their children to other schools|
|Low-performing schools are forced to innovate||Will not help those in rural areas|
|Parental choice||Drains public school funding and hard to adapt school budgets|
|Alleviate burden on public school system (with some school choice options)||Other types of schools aren’t held as accountable|
|Some say it produces better results with reduced costs||Some say it doesn’t produce greater results|
I think this is a very important issue and I found it helpful to learn more about school choice so I can have an informed opinion. If you would like to find out more information, I found the Education Commision for the States website to be a good resource.