This week is National School Choice Week. School choice – the freedom of parents to move their child from a system of learning that is failing them to one that better meets their individual needs – has reaped many benefits for children and families across the state and the nation. This is especially true for parents and children living in poverty or in areas with failing public schools, whose need for the freedom to pursue other options is the greatest and where the potential benefit to society is the highest.
In honor of National School Choice Week, we recommend that you take a few minutes to browse the new Educational Freedom Wiki, just released by Cato Institute. This wiki explores and explains the problems in the public education system that create the need for school choice, the promise that school choice extends to children who are in failing schools and being left behind by the public education status quo, and policy ideas for offering that promise to more children and families.
As a state, Utah is doing moderately well in the arena of school choice – we are far from the worst state, but we are far from the best as well. In general, parents in most areas of the state have at least a few options to meet their child’s learning needs, whether home school, private school, digital learning, public charter school or traditional public school.
But many families in Utah still lack genuine educational opportunities, due to difficult financial, geographic or other circumstances. Read more