Since the coronavirus school closures, support for educational choice is growing. A recent opinion poll shows that 64% of respondents support school choice, across party lines: Republicans (75%), Democrats (59%). By race/ethnicity, Black people (68%) and Latinos (63%) are eager to see school choice, along with 68% of white voters.

This crisis has shown that schools must be able to adapt quickly to a new type of learning – now and for future crises. And parents shouldn’t be required to send their children to those schools that can’t keep up. We saw this in the aftermath of Katrina.

“Big changes need to happen in education and the time is now,” said Caprice Young, Learn4Life national superintendent of schools. “We should look at this as a helpful interruption to inadequate policies and practices that have been largely unchallenged. Policies that have been especially harmful to disadvantaged students and their families. Let’s build back better.”

Source: National Poll: 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool After Lockdowns End, Real Clear Opinion, May 14, 2020

 

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