Myths vs Reality of Educational Choice
Defenders of the failed status quo want you to believe that empowering families with choices is something other than what the facts really are ...
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FALSE: The Center's "Closing the Gap" study shows that in an appropriate school environment, every child can learn ... whether low-income, minority, Hispanic, or special-needs.
FALSE: School choice results in MORE money per student in the public school system!
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FALSE: The US Supreme Court ruled that when a parent is empowered to choose a school for their child, that this is different than direct taxpayer funding of a religious organization ... parental choice is constitutional.
FALSE: Parents know better than anyone the unique make-up and needs of their children ... certainly better than any government mandated one-size-fits-all solution. Parents are the primary teachers of their children and should be supported in determining what's best for them.
FALSE: educational choice is all about the students. Great teachers are an invaluable asset to our communities, and increased school choice programs provides teachers with more career opportunities by increasing teaching positions. Many teachers believe they can be more effective in helping our youth if they could work outside of the traditional public school system, which is often restricted by burdensome union rules.
FALSE: educational choice especially benefits low income families, whose children are condemned to attend a failed school. Families that are well-off financially already exercise school choice by choosing to pay to send their children to private schools. School choice gives lower-income families this same opportunity!
THE BIGGEST MYTH:
School Choice Harms Existing Public School Systems
School Choice Usually Leads to Better Public School Performance
In 20 of 22 major national studies conducted in recent years, in public school systems where strong educational choice programs exist, performance in those public schools actually increased. In the other two studies, there was no effect.
The truth is that public schools normally benefit from the increased competition ... because they have to!