Imagine having only one restaurant in our community. Could this restaurant possibly serve the unique needs of each us? Would it strive to meet these needs without competition?
Now imagine that it's not dinner, but the education of your child. This is reality for many Fond du Lac parents.
Many parents believe a private school would best serve the needs of their family, but cannot afford it. These parents pay taxes throughout their lives. Why do we prevent them from using these tax dollars at the school of their choice as they do in Milwaukee and now Racine?
As a result of ending AT&T's monopoly in 1984, telecommunication services improved dramatically. Today we have IPhones, high speed internet and free long-distance calling.
Likewise, School Choice requires schools to compete on quality, innovation, and efficiency benefitting every student and the community.
A recent survey by Public Opinion Strategies shows 61 percent support "Expanding Wisconsin's school choice program to allow every Wisconsin child to attend the public or private, including religious schools, of their choice."
Impressive support. But wouldn't it be sufficient if only one parent wanted this opportunity for their child? Does a community know best or each parent?
Over the past year, I, along with a group of Fond du Lac School Choice supporters have had the privilege to share the promise of school choice with area schools, churches, civic organizations, and legislators. What an opportunity it has been, particularly to hear the dreams of so many parents. As state legislators debate school choice, the dreams of these children hang in the balance. Isn't it time to allow parents to direct their tax dollars in the best interest of their children?
Imagine how engaged parents and a vibrant market for education will brighten the future for our children and our community.