What can parents with children in failing government schools do to get their kids out and into better schools? Besides move to a better neighborhood, which they might not be able to afford, or send them to private schools, which they might not be able to afford, not much.
School-choice advocates are raising awareness about educational options during National School Choice Week, as they hold events across the country.
The Free Beacon reported that a “record 32 governors and 240 mayors and county leaders issued official proclamations recognizing the week of Jan. 24-30… to spotlight educational options for schoolchildren.”
Democrats oppose educational choices for children in low-income areas, but black voters tend to choose these politicians to represent them. Why? Perhaps lack of awareness plays a role. Last year, several black celebrities endorsed school choice. Such endorsements might help.
But there is powerful resistance.
“Minority children, 70 percent of whom are born into single-parent homes, must have the choice to go to schools where traditional values are taught,” CURE’s Star Parker wrote. “But the teachers unions do everything to make sure this cannot happen.”
— KIPP Minnesota (@KIPPmn) January 26, 2016
Is education a civil rights issue? Sen. Ted Cruz believes school choice certainly qualifies. “It shouldn’t matter what your race or ethnicity or zip code is. Every single child deserves an opportunity to achieve the very best.”
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 25, 2016
Do educational options help children? From the Daily Signal:
In a meta-analysis of the existing school choice literature, researcher Greg Forster found that to date, 12 empirical analyses employing random assignment methodology have examined the impact of school choice on the academic outcomes of participating children. Of the 12 studies, 11 found that school choice improved academic outcomes, with one study found no impact.
In addition to the positive impacts on academic outcomes, Forster also found that 23 evaluations of the impact of school choice on public schools have been conducted to date, using a mix of methodologies.
Twenty-two of the 23 studies found that choice improved educational outcomes for students in the public schools that faced competition because of school choice policies, while one study was unable to detect any impact. In addition to the positive impacts of choice on educational outcomes and public school performance, researchers have conducted six empirical evaluations of the fiscal cost of school choice, all finding school choice creates savings for taxpayers.