School choice advocates: choice means new opportunities

School choice advocates: choice means new opportunities

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas Republican primary ballot is conducting a poll with several propositions. The most prominent takes the pulse on school choice. Proposition 5 will ask whether parents should have the choice to decide how their tax dollars are spent when it comes to education. It specifically include the phrase without government constraints or intrusion. 

"You know this makes sense," Texas Home School Coalition President Tim Lambert said. "To let the consumer, which is in this case, the parents make those decisions."

Lambert said the idea of giving parents options, including teaching their kids at home, can provide opportunities to all students. 

"We see over the last 30 years that home-schoolers as a group, score 30 to 35 points above the national average," said Lambert. "That is of course the proof in the pudding when you let parents make those kind of decisions than you get good results." 

Charter schools like ResponsiveEd receive federal funding and have to follow the same accountability standards any school district has, but they offer an alternative educational experience. Brad Bell the regional director for this charter school system said the idea behind school choice is simply to offer parents a variety of options to choose what's best for their children. 

"We are looking for ways to educate children in the more modern needs of the industry but at the same time trying to catch those kids that are falling through the cracks that don't thrive in just your regular classroom setting," said Bell. "So that's what we are trying to do is offer school choice."

The poll in the March primary is completely non-binding, but lawmakers will likely use it as a reference point the next year's legislative session, early voting for the primary begins next Tuesday and Super Tuesday is March 6. 


 

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