School Choice

What is School Choice?

School Choice would provide an educational system that ensures a wide array of options for parents and students.  This system would create an environment that would motivate students and allow parents to choose the school that best suits their child.  Every child, no matter their financial circumstances, deserves an opportunity to succeed and School Choice provides the building blocks to guarantee each child has the access and ability to flourish in the classroom.

School Choice includes programs can include public incentives for private giving to scholarships like the Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit Program. It can also include state support following students of lower income families to the school of their choice like in the Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program. And finally it includes giving parents who pay taxes and private school tuition some small tax relief through a state deduction for private school educational expenses.

(Related resources: List of F Schools | 2013 Changes in Choice Program)

What does School Choice mean for our children?

When every child gets to go to the school of their choice, every child gets the chance for a learning environment that is effective, motivating and challenging.  School choice will help ensure that students receive the resources and attention they need to thrive in the classroom.

What does School Choice mean for Parents?

School Choice ensures that every parent gets to choose the school where they send their child.  School Choice empowers parents to take a more active role in their child’s education – providing choices to place a child in the learning environment that is best for them to develop the building blocks needed for success in life. Today, wealthier parents get to send their children to the school of their choice.  School choice advocates believe every family should have that opportunity.

NEW RESOURCE: The Institute for Quality Education (IQE) launched a new online tool for parents called the Opportunity Calculator. This free online tool is designed to provide Hoosier families with key information about all of the K-12 school options available to them so they may choose the best school environment for their children. Families can also easily access school accountability grades and determine if they qualify for a school voucher or tax credit scholarship to help pay for private school tuition. Click here to access the Opportunity Calculator.

School Choice Guarantees Accountability.

We all know that every American child deserves an excellent education.  School Choice provides the accountability to ensure that students are learning, performing, and afforded the opportunity to excel.  It’s not fair that some children are locked into schools that give them little chance for success.  It’s no longer acceptable that American children are falling behind students around the globe.  We must take steps today to modernize our education system and provide every parent the opportunity to ensure their child will receive a top-notch education.

Watch highlights from the School Choice Rally in Fort Wayne, IN from January 27, 2015.