News – A major education realignment in the works?

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According to data published by Education week, American public schools lost nearly 1.3 million students this year. (Delaware, Illinois, and North Carolina did not provide registration statistics, so the actual number is likely a little higher.) The drop was due to the Covid pandemic and its overreaction, including the draconian lockdowns and the forced digital learning that followed – mostly occurring in school districts with powerful teacher unions.

While some of the “missing” children will no doubt return when schools open in August and September, it is certain that many will not. And for those who don’t, more and more people will have more choices than ever before.

As Policy Director of EdChoice Jason bedrick Note, 14 states have adopted 18 new or expanded educational choice policies so far this year. In addition, six additional states are expected to inaugurate new or expanded choice programs. Nationally, Utah Senator Mike Lee introduced the Children Act Have Opportunities In Classrooms Everywhere, which would “modernize how and to whom we distribute our K-12 resources”. Lee explains that his bill “would allow low-income families with Kindergarten to Grade 12 children to apply for federal education funds that they can choose to donate to the public schools in which their children are enrolled or to an education savings account, known as a 529 account. (Education savings accounts (ASE) allow parents to withdraw their children from a public school and receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts with restricted, but multiple uses.)

Additionally, home education is booming. The Census Bureau reports that between 2012 and 2020, the number of homeschooled families remained stable at around 3.3%. But in May 2020, about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children said they were home schooled. And in October 2020, the number jumped to 11.1%.

Many polls reflect the fact that the postal code-mandated education system is no longer enough for many Americans. The American Federation for Children reports that 65% of voters support the choice of school, with 69% of blacks and 67% of Hispanics in favor, according to the results of a poll that has just been published. An EdChoice poll shows that when given a fair description of the types of school choices, a large majority agree. For example, 80% of black and Hispanic parents support ESAs, and 76% of white parents support it.

Even in California, where the private option is non-existent, things are happening. In a recent poll, voters were asked if they would approve a voting initiative establishing ESAs, and a majority said they would. In fact, 54% of voters said they would vote “yes” if given the opportunity, when only 34% said they would vote ‘no’. Support among black and Latino voters was even higher, with 71% and 66% respectively in favor. To this end, the California School Choice Foundation will send a initiative for freedom of education in Sacramento for the title and summary in July.

Unsurprisingly, the Industrial Complex of Education has taken note of the upheaval. The Washington Post Valerie Strauss, laments Big Education’s chief apologist, “The movement’s agenda (parental choice) is clear in the minimum liability and the few protections for students included in these bills.”

Strauss has it backwards. It is the educational institution that is essentially without liability. In fact, a system of choice paves the way for better quality. Citing the results of a study conducted by the University of Arkansas, Patrick Loup, the college’s endowed chair in school choice, writes: “Our conclusion is that the more freedom a state offers parents to choose their child’s school, the better the state’s students score on the National.” Assessment of Education Outcomes (NAEP). Even controlling for other state-level factors and focusing on test score gains rather than levels, more freedom equals more success. “Competition makes all businesses better, including education. The choice of school has also been shown to have a positive effect on taxpayers, ethnic segregation in schools and civic values ​​and practices of students.

While no one is sure what the future holds, Kerry McDonald, a researcher at the Foundation for Economic Education, is optimistic. She claims that there is “4 signs parents won’t send their kids back to public school this fall. “The decline in kindergarten enrollment, the major rise in home schooling, additional choice options and subjects that divide public schools like Critical Race Theory that are making their way into school curricula indicate that the move towards parental choice will continue.

At the very least, the pandemic has drawn the curtain and exposed the wizard, revealing the truth about public schools. The myth that the government duopoly – union bullies and silly school boards – has children as a number one priority has been shattered. What the newly empowered parents will do next will be known shortly.

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