National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Shifting debate over school choice

The decades-long debate over school choice has divided educators, parents and policymakers alike and has largely focused on two well-worn arguments: “Students, and by extension our economy, are suffering because public schools on the whole are failing” and “Taking money from public schools only will increase the obstacles they face.”

But there’s another aspect to the school choice conversation that both camps can support, says NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo: Empower students to make choices about their own learning, in their own school.

In a recent Huffington Post blog, Randazzo makes the case for providing students access to a diverse set of rigorous courses that will prepare them with knowledge and skills they need to thrive in college and career. Focusing on course access and achievement “puts students at the center of discussions about choice and empowers them to invest in their own education and success” — a notion echoed in an article in Education Week published earlier this month.


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