Reasons for Public Schools to Embrace School Choice 

Most Americans support school choice, allowing parents to pick their child’s school. 

Seventy-two percent of respondents in a 2022 poll supported parents’ right to choose their child’s school, including 82 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of Democrats, and 67 percent of independents. 

Although school choice programs have widespread support, they face strong political opposition. Critics claim that school choice policies could divert tax dollars to private or charter schools, leaving public schools with limited resources. 

Statewide school choice programs in Florida and Iowa have led to improved educational outcomes for low-income students, and Mandy Drogin, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, suggests that Texas could follow suit. Public schools in these states improved to retain students and funding, and although some low-performing schools closed, most public schools met the challenge, leaving parents with little reason to look elsewhere. 

“In states where parents have choice, public schools improve.” 

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