Public educators say you should wait five to ten years for the system to fix itself. But there is a better fix for millions right now. Its called school choice and its working.
Students in school choice programs graduate at significantly higher rates than their public school peers. A 2010 gold-standard evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP)—a voucher program for low-income children in Washington, D.C.—revealed that over 90 percent of DCOSP students graduated from high school, compared to just 70 percent of their peers with similar characteristics who remained in D.C. public schools. Similarly, students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program who participated for all four of their high school years had a 94 percent graduation rate, compared to a 75 percent graduation rate of their peers who attended four-years of public high school.
And students who participate in charter schools are also more likely to graduate than their peers who attend traditional public high schools.
“Imagine if you went to a car dealership and they told you it will take 5 to 10 YEARS to fix your engine. Imagine how IRATE you would be, ” said Andrew Campanella, Vice President of National School Choice Week.
“We can’t do this to kids. We are paying far too much money for a public education system that isn’t working.”
Everyone knows that the U.S. education system is in trouble. Campanella offers a few words on how school choice week can help with promoting “access to better options and empowering parents and kids.”
According to Campanella, the U.S. ranks 35th in the world in math and literacy.
“Other countries are not just nipping at our heels educationally, they’ve lapped us,” Campanella says.
Campanella contends that school choice offers real solutions to raising the bar and educating the next generation, and that it’s not just empty words.
Sources: Reason TV, Heritage Foundation