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A lifeline for students

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January 24, 2017 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments

Global and technological advances have made the modern economy more complex and dynamic. It is imperative that Americans have access to a high-quality education. A key facet of a high-quality education is allowing parents, teachers, and local communities—not federal government bureaucrats—to best decide what’s best for their students.

That means returning control of the curriculum and academic standards to the states (pro-tip: we did that already). It also means empowering parents with more school choice options by continuing support for magnet schools and expanding charter school opportunities. And there’s no better time to recognize this than School Choice Week.

Wisconsin has robust school choice options. Parents can choose the school best for their children, regardless of location. Wisconsin allows charter schools, online learning options, and private school choice programs. Sometimes—but not always—these voucher and charter programs outperformed their traditional public school counterparts in Wisconsin.

At the end of the day, it’s less about who did better where and more about giving parents the option to choose. School choice is a lifeline for students trapped by their zip code. School choice thrives because it shifts power away from government and unelected bureaucrats and instead embraces local reform and empowers people on the front lines.

School choice isn’t just something we ought to simply talk about this week—it’s something we should fight for and support every day.

And just in case you missed it (and you shouldn’t), Paul spoke at a National School Choice Rally here in DC.

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Tags: Education