This year has seen the biggest explosion of school choice policy in our nation’s history, and the credit for such an immense victory goes to the School Choice MVP: Randi Weingarten.
School choice advocates have campaigned on the efficacy of school choice for years while well-funded and coordinated teachers’ unions, like the American Federation of Teachers led by president Randi Weingarten, ignored their ideas and kept children in the same failing schools.
Proponents of educational freedom never gave up and continued to tout the empowerment of students and families, but until recently, this fight remained an uphill battle.
When concerned parents began questioning the education system they had entrusted to prioritize their children, they were met with more shutdowns, more masking and no solutions. The only place to turn was to an alternative option to public education.
From there, charter, private and even homeschool enrollment skyrocketed. And the families who didn’t have that option looked to legislation that would grant them that freedom. Thus, the school choice revolution began.
Last year’s results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealed a devastating drop in reading and math scores for American students, and those with their best interest at heart responded. School choice leads to better academic results for students and restores control of a child’s education to parents.
Students and parents rally at the Ohio Statehouse in support of possible changes that would increase eligibility for taxpayer-funded school vouchers to K-12 students statewide on Thursday, May 17, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Samantha Hendrickson)
The Ohio Senate’s budget includes an expansion of their existing private school choice program to all families, regardless of income. The New Hampshire legislature just sent a bill to expand school choice to Republican Governor Chris Sununu’s desk.
Many states haven’t made these legislative strides yet, but the dam could still break for them soon. Texas, Georgia, Idaho, and a few other states came close, but the fight for school choice is still waging.
So, thank you, Randi Weingarten and the teachers’ unions, for showing America your true colors. We’re freeing families from your depraved clutches once and for all, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Ashley Hayek is the executive director at America First Works and the chief engagement officer at America First Policy Institute.