The COVID pandemic has made the need for school choice more evident than ever.
When the state shut down schools last March and into the 2020-21 school year, there were limited options aside from distance learning for students in public schools. Whether it was a kindergartner learning to read, a student with a learning disability, or someone who was already struggling in school, there were very few options.
Parents and kids need access to all educational options, and personal financial barriers should not prevent our students from getting the education they need. We cannot sit by idly as our children suffer from isolation and substandard education through distance learning.
There are multiple solutions on the table, and our kids need lawmakers to step up and come to an agreement that will provide real educational choice now. Whether it is tuition tax credits, or education savings accounts, urge your Senator, Representative, and Governor Walz to support school choice solutions that provide parents with financial resources to access non-public schools or to pay for tutors and supplemental educational services for students in distance and hybrid learning models.
Research shows when parents actively choose schools for their children, students are more likely to succeed in school. We cannot wait one more minute. Let’s give more Minnesota students opportunities to access the school that is best for them.
“As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.” (CCC, 2229)
“‘The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.’ The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.'” (CCC, 2221)
“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children.” (CCC. 2223)
Visit our partner organization Opportunity for All Kids to learn more about school choice and to stay up-to-date on the latest efforts to promote school choice legislation in Minnesota.