Posts Tagged ‘School choice’

Reader Poll: “Have you considered home schooling?”

In Parenting, Schools, Values on December 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers:

“In an effort to thwart the negative educational & cultural influences assaulting your children, how seriously have you considered homeschooling?”

Here’s how our readers responded:

17 percent       Won’t be considering it

33 percent       Starting to contemplating it

33 percent       Watching closely and will probably start

17 percent       Already homeschooling




Victory for Children and for Educational Choice

In Parental Rights, Schools on April 5, 2011 at 5:00 am

In a victory for parents, children, and for education as a whole, the U.S. Supreme Court has left intact the state of Arizona’s 14-year old individual tax credit provision that allows a $500 contribution to be made to private schools – including religious schools.  In a 5-4 decision, the court found that the plaintiffs lacked legal “standing” to challenge the tax-credit provision.

The tax-credit was designed to help parents pay for education outside the publicly-funded education system.  This allows for parents who are footing the entire bill for their child’s education to be compensated in a small way and makes a major contribution to the understanding that parent’s have a choice in their child’s education.

Opponents of the tax credit insisted that helping in any way to pay for a private education – particularly to a religious school – violates the First Amendment and that they as citizens were being harmed by being forced to, in effect, contribute to religious institutions.

Attorneys defending the system had counter-argued that since the law only allows taxpayers to direct their own tax dollars to religious schools, the plaintiffs lacked the standing to sue because their tax payments were not being used.‪‪   The court ruled that the defendants needed to show specific individual harm.

Alliance Defense Fund attorney, David Cortman said in a statement:  “Parents should be able to choose what’s best for their own children. This ruling empowers parents to do just that.”  He continued: “The ACLU failed in its attempt to eliminate school choice for hundreds of thousands of students nationwide and also failed to demonstrate that it had any constitutional basis for its clients to file suit in the first place.”

The ACLU sees it quite differently.  ACLU Legal Director, Steven Shapiro:  “Today’s decision ignores precedent, defies logic and undermines the role of the courts in preserving the core constitution principle that government may not subsidize religion.”

The Arizona Tax credit program is the third-largest school choice program in the country and the nation’s oldest tax credit program.  This is an important victory for school choice programs around the country.  United Families International offers congratulations to all involved.

More information:

Supreme Court Upholds Educational Choice

Supreme Court Rules Arizona Taxpayers Lack Standing To Challenge Tax Credit System Used To Fund Religious-Based Scholarships

School Choice Program Prevails. Kids & Parents Ultimately Win

How do you want your child educated?

In Parental Rights on January 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

One of the most important rights of parents is the ability to choose where and how their children will be educated.  That parental right becomes even more crucial as we watch the problems in society and culture spiral downward and the quality of education has diminished.  The last decade has seen major strides in providing options for parents in K-12 education as the “school choice” movement has begun to blossom.   January is the month for numerous pro-life and pro-family commemorations and celebrations and this week has been deemed “National School Choice Week.”

We encourage you to consider the quality of your child’s education.  Are you content?  Is your child learning and flourishing?  Did you know that you have options?  For example, the State of Arizona just recently released a new website arizonaschoolchoice.com to aid their citizens.  You can go here to learn what options might be available to you in other areas of the country and to join the effort to promote school choice.

There is no right or wrong answer as to where your child should be educated; but it is definitely important that as a parent you have the right to make that decision.  There are some parents who don’t.  Watch the video below.



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