Today, 43 states and the District of Columbia permit charter schools, and more than 60 private school choice programs are in place. In Mississippi, lawmakers have enacted three school choice programs in recent years: our charter schools law, the Special Needs Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program and the Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship program. School choice is quickly becoming mainstream.
And while the laws and policies vary between the states, supporters of school choice share one common belief. We believe in the radical idea that every parent should be able to choose where their children go to school.
But why is this idea so radical? Every day those of us who are blessed to be parents make choices about how to care for the needs of our children. We research pediatricians, we investigate babysitters, and we stand in the aisle at Kroger to compare which baby shampoo will produce fewer tears.
Yet, when it comes to the education of our children, many have no choice.