Letter to the editor: Celebrate school choice


Celebrate school choice

National School Choice Week, Jan. 20-26, is a great time to reflect on how school choice has allowed so many students the opportunity to find an educational option that allows them to grow and thrive.

School choice means giving parents access to the best K-12 education options for their children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools (like Colorado Early Colleges), magnet schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling.

There are a number of reasons why we believe that school choice has benefitted Colorado, several of which we’ve seen first-hand in the success of our students and their families.

• Research shows that when parents and students are empowered to choose the educational environments that work best for their kids, students are more likely to succeed, graduate from high school, produce higher test scores and go on to pursue higher levels of education.

• The school of choice option removes the financial barriers that often keep students from attending the school that’s right for them. Free, public charter schools like CEC allow students to access the education that best meets their needs and pursue higher education and career opportunities while in high school that might not be financially feasible otherwise.

Use this week as an opportunity to search for the best educational environment for your student and help raise awareness of the school options available in your community. We believe that each student, regardless of background or skill level, should have the opportunity to succeed in school, in college, and in their chosen career — school choice will help us get there.

Dr. Alex Tuel

Head of School, Colorado Early Colleges Parker


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