Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Arizona Office
Educational choice programs—defined broadly as programs that provide parents financial aid to opt their children out of the traditional public school system—have been a topic of significant public discussion and debate in recent months. Despite the increasing news coverage, however, polls show that most Americans are unfamiliar with educational choice programs. Opponents of educational choice continually seek to take advantage of this knowledge gap by promoting various myths in an effort to deter legislators and policymakers from enacting educational choice programs.
In this white paper, the Institute for Justice (IJ), the nation’s leading law firm dedicated to protecting educational choice programs in courts all across the country, seeks to dispel and disprove 12 of these myths so that legislators and the public can make well-informed decisions about the merits of giving parents more control over their children’s education.
The reality is that our present system of delivering publicly funded education is in need of real and dramatic reform. Educational choice programs shift power from the bureaucrats at state departments of education, as well as school districts and unions, and return that power to parents, who know better than government officials what kind of educational environment will best suit their children’s needs.
IJ recognizes that choice-driven competition is an essential ingredient to any education reform effort that hopes to spur innovation, personalize education, and offer students the opportunity to graduate from high school, attend college or a technical school, find a good job, and pursue their own American Dream. This white paper, therefore, is a robust defense of educational choice programs. It is designed to arm policymakers and legislators with easy access to the abundant sources of information and data that confirm that educational choice programs are not only constitutional, but that they can accomplish their intended purpose of improving the lives of and learning opportunities for America’s youth.
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