By TED CRUZ
This week, Americans are celebrating National School Choice Week, a time to raise awareness about the educational options available to families and to advocate for giving them even more choice. A quality education is a right for every child, every family, and every community, but providing it requires us to acknowledge that every child is different — which is why families should have a variety of options when deciding how to educate their children.
School choice is about providing the best opportunities for our children to get the skills and knowledge they need to prepare them for successful, productive lives. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, from open enrollment in traditional public schools and public charter schools, to state-level tuition tax credits and education savings accounts that enable children to attend private and religious schools of their parents’ choosing, to empowering parents with the option of homeschooling. The common thread linking all of these diverse options is the fundamental principle that we must give all students — both the successful and the struggling — the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is effective, motivating, and challenging for them as individuals.