This is the article I referenced on Ed Dean Radio Show 5-29-2015- Shawn Frost
Want better student outcomes? Data says offer school choice.
May 28, 2015 • The EdFly Blog
Where should a child go to school?
The answer should be this simple: Wherever he or she has the best opportunity for success.
Outcomes are what matter, not allegiances to any particular model or provider. This has been the inherent flaw in traditional public school education. Children are assigned to schools based on their zip codes in a take-it, or leave-it system.
Those parents with the financial resources can leave it. Those without such resources must take it.
School choice programs help level the playing field, allowing more options for low-income parents to pick the best educational environment for their children. One such program provides parents with scholarship funds to send their children to private schools.
Adults vested in traditional public schools (teachers unions, education bureaucracies, etc.) view these scholarship programs as a threat. But their concern is less about the outcomes for students than it is losing the dollars that come with students when they walk in the door.