I have been involved in the School Choice movement for the last 7 years.The program in Cleveland Ohio started about 1995. I was preganant with Angelica, my twelvth . Angelica is now a first grader and receives a scholarship with the Cleveland program.
Public schools are funded in three ways
Federal funded which is limited in amount
State funding which comes from taxes is about 1/2
and local funding from your local taxes, the other half - in the city of Cleveland our school funding comes from real estate taxes and corp taxes
In your state, I do not know if it the same. Different states fund education in different ways. You should be able to access that info. from you state dept of education website.
This program became possible through a well written piece of legislation, which was presented in the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives. It then was voted into law . We had a Governor who was on our side.
The exact legislation can be found on the internet.
Once the legislation was enacted the program was advertised in the newspapers and I applied. I received an application and my child's application was put into a lottery. After winning the lottery my first child got the scholarship.
Parents became involved when the legislation was in a court battle the minute it went info effect. The state of Ohio was being sued by the ACLU and the teachers union, arguing it was unconstitutional.
Parents like me and others knew that parental choice of schools is a good thing and we were not going to be pushed around - we were standing up for our rights as parents
We went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
AND WE WON!!!
This program is constitutional and can be duplicated in your state.
You need to find a group of like thinkers in your area. I have websites that would give you more info. You will find common parents who believe like you. There are National Foundations which educate and promote the School Choice movement.
Check out Florida,Miuwaukee Wisconsisn, Washinton DC, and many other states which are enacting similiar legislation
The best way is to do a google search on "School Choice"
The group who represented us along with the State of Ohio , at the United States Supreme Court was the Institute for Justice - www.ij.org
This non pofit litigation firm came to our rescue and fought for Cleveland to keep the program and prove it was constituional. They helped to organize and empower parents .
But beware of the ( Which as strange as it seems is...) the teachers unions. They are against this.
If you choose to enter this realm of investigation.
you will be going through a lesson in civics
and you will learn the working of your state government.
I thought I knew evertything untill I got involved with this.
I learned a lot through hands- on government application.
Parental rights is the basis of the whole school choice movement.
A child is not a ward of the state once he/she enters the front door of the public school.. If I can choose my child's dentist, I can chose the school. We still live in America ..right?
School Choice lets us make our voices be heard