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Opinion: School choice should be an easy choice
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Hall County School students switch buses following a bus on bus accident at at Union Circle and Elderberry Lane on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Schools are not one size fits all and school choice is a freedom that all should have. According to the Georgia Center for Opportunity, the goal of school choice is to ensure that all families have options when it comes to quality education for their child whether that be public, private, homeschool, or even online and hybrid options. 

Unfortunately, in most cases, the opportunity for school choice is weighed heavily on where a family lives. It is unfair and unreasonable to expect that a family move to or live out of their means in an affluent neighborhood, requiring them to pay hefty mortgages in order to send their child to the school of their choice in that area. 

The opportunity for school choice provides the necessary opportunity for parents with children of all ages to have a say in their child’s education and where they receive it. To be able to make such decisions based on the specific, individual needs of their little one(s) is imperative. 

On average, children spend more time at school than they do at home. Like a large majority, I want my child to spend that time feeling safe, engaged and valued — a place that my daughter wakes up and looks forward to going to every day. 

Clint Bolick is an Arizona Supreme Court justice largely in favor of school choice. He makes a strong statement by saying “It is the one education reform that puts real choices and real opportunities in the hands of families who desperately need them.” Parents have many responsibilities when it comes to their children. Perhaps one of the most important is their education, one of the many places that will change and affect their lives forever, school.

Elizabeth B. Edwards

Gainesville

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