Explosion of Calls for School Choice Among State Lawmakers

A number of states are taking action to provide education funding for families to send their children to schools of their choice – a trend that will likely shape upcoming elections.

“This session, let’s expand school choice any way we can. Greater open enrollment. New transportation models. More charter schools. And more educational freedom for families — especially those in failing schools, or who can’t afford to pick up and move to a new neighborhood,” said Gov. Doug Ducey, R-AZ, in his State of the State address to lawmakers Monday. “Let’s think big, and find more ways to get kids in the school of their parents’ choice. Send me the bills, and I’ll sign them!”

Ducey signed several education bills last year, including legislation banning critical race theory and bolstering transparency in education on behalf of parents concerned about what their children were learning in public school curricula.

Ducey’s recent activity and the boldness of his speech this week are not an anomaly among Republican elected officials, more and more of whom are jumping on the school choice bandwagon – which polling shows also enjoys growing support among voters.

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