Making sure every family can pick the best school for their child
All parents want what’s best for their children. Period. All parents should therefore have the power to choose the right school for their child from a range of high-quality options. But currently, not all families have access to the same range of options; many schools are out of reach for some families due to income restraints, housing barriers, limited enrollment slots, transportation challenges, and more. Additionally we do not effectively monitor and report on quality among schools of choice, nor do we provide families with the information they want to help guide their decision making.
Minnesota policymakers should work to make sure that children, and especially those who have been historically underserved by their school options, never miss out on the school that best meets their academic, social, or developmental needs. They should ensure that these children’s families have high-quality options, and easy access to the information needed to make an informed choice. There are a variety of policies we can pursue—from making school-performance information more accessible, to holding all school options more accountable to families, to leveling the playing field when it comes to access.