When school choice is debated we all tend to reason from our own life experiences – from our education and that of our children. However, for those who are wealthy, middle-class, or even lower middle-class this reasoning would not be based on a full and accurate picture of education in America. Too many have no idea what a school experience consists of for many poor, inner city youth. An excellent real-life portrayal of the struggle to attain an education for inner city, poor students is the movie “Freedom Writers” which is based on the book “The Freedom Writers Diary” by Erin Gruwell the teacher who wrote the story based on Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Eastside, Long Beach, California. Every child deserves to have an education that meets their needs despite their zip code or family income. Although even the wealthy may not be able to find a school that matches their children’s gifting, interests, or talents within their zoned area, it is the poor who pay the greatest daily price for being trapped in dangerous, failing schools. We have an abundance of real-world evidence backed by empirical studies that demonstrate school choice and parental empowerment improve educational outcomes. While some debate and others obstruct school choice options and parental empowerment real children are dropping out and abandoning the future they might have attained if only they had been given a chance to choose a better school. School choice is not a theoretical discussion. School choice is a civil right issue not based in race; rather it is based on income and zip codes. All children deserve an education that will meet their needs and help them achieve their potential! An inferior or inadequate education is an equal opportunity destroyer.
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