From tax-credits to fund tuition scholarships to charter schools to the revolutionary education savings account program, Arizona is the national leader in school choice; the state has a broader range of school options than anywhere else in the country.
Unfortunately, many families simply don’t know how to take advantage of these opportunities. 87,000 Arizona children, or almost ten percent, are languishing in failing schools. It is clear that more needs to be done to increase the involvement of parents in choosing the best education option for their children.
One way to do that is to ensure that the Arizona Department of Education informs parents about the programs at their fingertips. The Goldwater Institute has released A Parent’s Guide to School Choice: Education Options for Arizona Families, which provides a comprehensive guide to Arizona families of all the school choice programs available to them, including other families’ experiences and how to apply.
A school choice catalog could be produced by the state at no additional cost to the general fund. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, Arizona receives almost $350 million every year to help children succeed through services like tutoring and increasing parent engagement (the funding source is known as Title I). The department’s production of an annually mailed school choice catalog would qualify for this funding as an effort to increase parent engagement in children’s education.
School choice programs give every child the chance to succeed, and they save the state money. Informing parents that they have great school choice options is a no-brainer to help Arizona families.
The Goldwater Institute will continue to advocate for a state-mandated annual school choice catalog to inform families of the wide range of education options available.
Read "A Parent's Guide to School Choice: Education Options for Arizona Families" Below: