Commonwealth Policy Center

School choice has been a hot topic in Kentucky. Now it’s a hot topic in the presidential race as Donald Trump promised that if re-elected, he would make school choice available to every family in America. The idea is that parents know what’s best for their child and if their child is trapped in a dangerous or underperforming school, they should have a right to send them to a Charter or private school. It’s a popular idea in Kentucky. According to a recent poll, more than 60 percent of Kentucky parents are in favor of school choice. Yet the very powerful Kentucky Education Association is adamantly opposed. They say it drains public school budgets. They may have a point. But shouldn’t the education establishment put a child’s best interest before public school budgets?