First, find out what school choice options are available for families in your state. You may be surprised by the choices you already have. Or, your state may be working to pass opportunity scholarship legislation. For information on your state, visit The Heritage Foundation's School Choice in America webpage.
Second, based on your state's options (or lack thereof), communicate with your state elected officials about the need to expand school choice for families. You can easily contact your state legislators and request they support opportunity scholarship programs by using our online Action Center, and entering your ZIP code at the bottom of the page.
It's especially important for legislators to hear from men and women like you – parents concerned about their children – because it's much more common for our Members of Congress to send their children to private school than it is for the general population. In fact, according to an annual survey of Congress conducted by the Heritage Foundation, approximately 44 percent of senators and 36 percent of representatives with school-age children have at some point sent their kids to private school. Only about 11 percent of American students attend private school.
You can also help make the case by writing letters to the editor and calling talk shows. Some important points to share with your legislators or in your letter to the editor include:
Currently, if an upper-class family is dissatisfied with their local public schools, they have the resources to send their children where they wish. An underprivileged family, however, has no such alternative. School choice levels the playing field by making the best schools available to the families who need them most.