These articles prove the urgency of expanding school choice

  • Seeking Choice in Detroit
  • A Mother Turned School Choice Advocate
  • A Success Story Stemming From An Early Opportunity
  • 5 Examples of Successful Schools

Seeking Choice in Detroit

From The Atlantic, April 2016: “The Extreme Sacrifice Detroit Parents Make to Access Better Schools“:

“Mother and son typically arrive at University Prep Science & Math Middle School, a well-regarded charter school in the Michigan Science Center, around 7:30 a.m. and Johnson waits with her son until his classes begin at 7:50. She then makes her way back home—the same two buses—until reaching Brightmoor around 9:30 a.m. That’s about three and a half hours before she has to leave again on another four buses to return to Shownn’s school and bring him home.

Total daily journey: 52 miles, five to six hours.”

A Mother Turned School Choice Advocate

From The Daily Signal, January 2016: “My School Choice Story“:

“My fight for school choice began in the 1990s, when I was working for my child William to get a quality education in Washington, D.C.

William was eventually able to receive a scholarship to attend a private school in D.C., and it truly changed our lives. I became an advocate for vouchers for low-income kids to get out of schools that were not serving them and into schools their parents chose that would ultimately serve them well.”

A Success Story Stemming From An Early Opportunity

From The Wall Street Journal, October 2014: “How I Learned to Not Hate School“:

“By the time I was in the fourth grade, I had been held back twice, disliked school, and honestly believed I’d end up a high-school dropout. Instead, three months ago, I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in interdisciplinary social science with a minor in juvenile justice. I am the first member of my family to go to college, let alone graduate. But this didn’t happen by chance, or by hard work alone. It happened because I was given an opportunity.” 

5 Examples of Successful Schools

From The 74, January 2016: “5 Inspiring Neighborhood Schools that are Rewriting the Rules“:

“At one school on Chicago’s South Side, students are being driven from the streets to careers in health. At a school run by monks in Newark, kids are calling the shots. And in New York City, a resurgence is uplifting Catholic schools on the verge of shutting down.”