Rally for School Choice

Approximately 4,000 people gathered in Austin on Tuesday to support more educational choices for Texas parents. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in favor of giving parents more choices. Predictably, the political Left opposes more school choice. The Chronicle reports:

Opponents say Patrick’s plans to allow parents to pay for private school with public funds will drain money from already struggling public schools.

“Democrats and Republicans in Texas have come together to defeat vouchers in every legislative session since 1995. It’s time state leaders drop their pursuit of vouchers and instead focus on giving our public schools and the children of Texas the resources they need to succeed,” said Kathy Miller, president of the left-leaning watchdog group Texas Freedom Network.

As I’ve written, the proposal being pushed by Abbott and Patrick isn’t ideal. Government will still hold the purse strings and set the rules. But giving parents some choice is better than allowing them no choice.

Statists don’t want individuals to have choices. They want individuals to subordinate their own judgment to politicians and bureaucrats. And so, they fight every proposal that might give individuals more choices.

Clearly, educational bureaucrats and their fellow travelers fear what will happen if parents have more choices. They know that many parents will opt out of government schools. But that won’t happen if parents can’t afford the alternatives.

Morally, each individual has a right to act on his own judgment, so long as he respects the right of other to do the same. In the context of education, this means that parents and children have a moral right to choose which schools and curriculums best meet the child’s needs and interests. And it means that other individuals have a moral right to help finance education or abstain.

Government schools attack the rights of parents, students, and taxpayers. It is past time for the State of Texas to end this assault.

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