What Parents Want
North American Precis Syndicate
New study finds families are highly satisfied with school choice programs. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—As the current administration shines a spotlight on school
choice, families around the country are opening their minds to new
Many states are inspired by Indiana’s tax-credit scholarships and
school voucher program, which, a recent EdChoice and Hanover Research study
discovered, are not only popular, but also increase parental involvement in
their children’s education.
is home to the nation’s largest, single statewide school voucher
program. Vouchers give parents the freedom to choose a private school for
their children using all or part of the public funding set aside for their
Here’s what the survey found:
• The vast majority of parents are somewhat or completely satisfied
with the state’s voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs.
• Sixty-one percent say they communicate with teachers and
participate in school activities more and 55 percent say they volunteer or
perform community service more.
• Parents value the opportunity to choose a school they believe is a
better fit for their child. Parents also value the freedom to choose a school
outside their neighborhood.
• Private school parents are significantly more likely than district
school parents to report satisfaction with their children’s current
• Of the students who have left school choice programs, most have
done so because they graduated or program restrictions rendered them
ineligible. Few if any leave because they’re unhappy with the program
or their schools.
• More than a third of parents who never had a child in the programs
were unaware of them.
• Most parents whose kids are not participating in the programs
would if they qualified or if the award amount fully covered tuition and
• On average, three-fifths of parents using the programs found it
somewhat or very easy to find their children’s current schools.
Many parents and educators believe all families deserve the opportunity to
choose the best educational fit for their children, regardless of their
income or zip code.
That’s the idea behind EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization dedicated to advancing full and unencumbered educational choice
as the best pathway to successful lives and a stronger society. “Indiana
is a national leader when it comes to the way our programs operate and the
number of students we’re able to serve, but we’ve still got work
to do making sure families know these programs are available to help their
students,” said Robert Enlow, the group’s president and CEO. “Parents
want options, and we need to do a better job letting them know those options
are out there.”
For more information on school choice, visit www.edchoice.org. To see the entire
report, go to www.edchoice.org/WhyINParentsChoose.
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