Focus on the Family

Our Position (School Choice)

Focus on the Family supports school choice, including legislative measures that make available publicly funded scholarships that can be used for private school tuition.

by Focus on the Family Issue Analysts

Focus on the Family believes that children are a heritage and blessing from God and that parents are accountable to God for raising, shaping and preparing children to serve Him. This accountability includes a responsibility to protect the hearts and minds of their children, a vital part of which is actively choosing the best education environment for their children. Thus, we whole-heartedly support school choice in its many varied forms.

Each child is unique, having different strengths and weaknesses. This is why we encourage parents to consider all available types of schooling, including public, private and home schools. Each education option has its own set of pros and cons, so Focus also encourages parents to make their schooling decisions on a family-by-family, child-by-child basis:

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Strengths

Focus on the Family also supports school choice because we believe it improves quality of education – creating a situation where school personnel need to compete for students by offering the best possible programs and standards. Competition makes schools more responsive to parents. This is the heart of a free enterprise system, which puts power in the hands of the "customers" – in this case, parents and students.

We also believe school choice is the fastest and most efficient way to equalize educational opportunity for all children, regardless of socio-economic status or ethnicity. Today, 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. We believe school choice levels the playing field by making schools accountable to the parents – instead of bureaucrats – and by making the best schools available to the families who need them most.

In summary, we believe school choice represents the cutting-edge future of education. It breaks up the current bureaucratic monopoly controlling our education system and places the power squarely into the hands of the people to whom it belongs: parents.