70 percent of Americans support the right for parents to choose the best educational path for their children. The American Federation for Children (AFC) recently released the results of a poll showing that the demand for educational options is being set by parents who refuse to feel trapped by lack of educational options.
The AFC poll also proved that parental choice has crossed racial, cultural and political lines. Educational choice is being touted as the “Civil Rights issue of the 21st century.” Support typically runs heavy throughout the Republican Party. But Democrat leaders nationwide are slowly coming out in support of the movement to put students first. This may or may not have anything to do with the fact that teachers unions, which are traditionally liberal in their approach, spent roughly $80 million to oppose candidates who generally favored parental choice. Nearly all of those races backed by the teacher’s unions lost. One thing is for sure, we can surely look for public educational options to be a major talking point in the upcoming 2016 electoral year.