Justice In the School System
When I was asked as a child “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I’d answer astronaut, veterinarian, or nurse without hesitation. It never occurred to me that while I was lucky enough to actually make one of these a reality, there are some who will never even get a chance.
- The Education System is in a crisis. A big one.
2. 45% of children live in low-income families, which does does just affect home life, the schools are suffering as well.
3. The schools are desperately lacking in:
- quality teachers
- an encouraging environment
4. These students are not given nearly the same opportunity as those in upper SES, thus setting them up for failure an endless creating a poverty cycle
Researchers looked at students with equally low math ability in low SES areas and high SES areas.
- While the students in high SES still had a 30 percent chance of achieving a Bachelor’s degree, the low SES students likelihood was only 3 percent, a startling difference.
- Their abilities were the same, but why are their outcomes so different?
Researchers studied 800 students from the first grade until their late twenties.
- “The study found that only 4 percent of children from low-income families achieved a college education, compared to 45 percent of children from higher-income families.”
- 70 percent of people in poverty “remained in the low income bracket,” and just four percent became “high earners.”
When a student’s success is no longer dependent on their abilities, but on where they happen to live, this sends a very discouraging message.
Students need better schools to break the cycle.
There is hope!
- School Choice- the option for students to attend a school out of their district for free schooling
2. Already “some choice among public schools was available to 46 percent of students in 2007”
3. This needs to increase! Offering school choice to students in low-quality schools is a hopeful solution because it will:
- catalyze improvement in schools
- improve the education and success of these students
- promote diversity
Catalyze Improvement of Schools
- When students are given the ability to choose, schools will be forced to improve in order to have students attend
Freidman Foundation for Educational Choice
2016 Study of the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) on Public Schools effect:
“modestly positive in the public schools exposed to the threat of competition, with effect sizes growing in magnitude as the competitive threat looms larger”
“29 studies find that choice improved the performance of nearby public schools. One study finds no significant effects. To date, no empirical study has found that school choice harms students in public schools.”
Obviously, school choice is the perfect way to incite a revolution of change in the public school system
Improves the Education and Success of Students
- Under the No Child Left Behind Act, almost 120,000 students who were attending schools that needed improvement took advantage of transfer public school choice in 2006
2. The average income for high school graduates:
3. Average income for a Bachelor’s degree
- predicted to increase by 100 percent, than the drop out income, $18,796
3. School Choice program studied in St. Louis
- 12,000 African American students from the city attended schools in 16 suburban districts through school choice
- Most of the students came from poor families, yet attended college at more than twice the rate of their peers in the city.
4. Recent study in Washington D.C.
- increase in graduation rates by 21 percent for students who could use school choice to attend private schools
- regarding it as:
“a way out of the poverty cycle for low-income families.”
This improvement is a clear indicator that school choice is something special.
School Choice Brings Diversity!
- Our country’s schools are alarmingly segregated, more now than in the 1980s!
- the percentage of black students who attended schools with a majority of white students went from about 43 percent in the 1980s to about 22 percent in 2011
3. Fordham Law Review found in a St. Louis Study that
“black children educated in desegregated schools are more likely to attend and graduate from college than black children from segregated schools”
2. D.C. Voucher Program study found that
“found that 85 percent of public school students attend racially homogeneous schools (more than 90 percent white or 90 percent minority), compared with 47 percent of students in participating private schools”
This is a significant difference. 38 percent less segregation.
School choice will bring diversity back into our schools, thus opening the minds of our youth.
School Choice is our Solution
I want to live in a world that gives equal opportunity to every child, regardless of their socioeconomic status or what neighborhood they live in.
So that if they want to be an astronaut, veterinarian, or nurse, they have the tools fulfill their dream.