The independent school set an opening day record on Aug. 23, with an overall enrollment of 756 students. Its incoming class of 183 freshmen is also an all-time high, according to the school.
This tendency toward viewpoint discrimination in schools is actually one of the best arguments for school choice. School choice would allow parents and communities to reclaim control over content in their schools. It might also allow schools to refocus on the more politically neutral areas of core knowledge.
While the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program might not be having an immediate positive effect on the standardized test scores prized by researchers and policy bean counters, it is having a potentially more meaningful, long-term impact on participants’ academic attainment and future life outcomes.
Giving students the right and the resources to find the school situation that is right for them will benefit all concerned. The student will be in a better, healthier position to learn if he or she feels happy and safe in the classroom.
SB-193 will provide tuition vouchers to New Hampshire students for use at any school (private, parochial, home, etc.) of their choosing. It’s the most expansive school choice bill we’ve seen anywhere in the country and we fully support its passage. As you might imagine, public school special interest groups are less thrilled.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has announced a plan to introduce private school choice options to parents in his territory. This proposal includes charter schools that will be managed by nonprofit organizations, and vouchers so that parents can decide where their children will be educated.
The Statehouse was flooded Wednesday with enough school children that at least one lawmaker had to emerge from her committee room to hush all the hallway chatter. The occasion? School Choice Week in Vermont.
The right to choose where your kids attend school should be common sense. But for too long, it’s something too many parents have been denied for their children.
Sanders won the point of order, and the parents of homeschooled K-12 kids will be denied the use of their 529 account to assist their kids to get a better education, while Bernie rages on about the rich and the big corporations.
“If we keep it open as a public school, the discussion will not end, we will be at this again and again. … (But) if we turn Black River into an independent school, its destiny is in the hands of the community, not the Vermont Agency of Education.”
Independent schools may be the answer to economic prosperity in Vermont as a recent study found that Burr and Burton Academy provides over $15 million in support to Bennington County annually.