TOPEKA (KSNT) — The school choice debate is heating up in the Kansas Legislature.
School choice is defined as “providing parents with the best K-12 education options for their children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling,” according to School Choice Week. Currently, there are two bills addressing the issue in the Legislature, House Bill 2048 and House Bill 2218.
Michael Austin with Americans for Prosperity and Ann Mah with Kansas Board of Education discussed the impact of school choice on “Inside Kansas Politics” on Jan. 29.
Austin said providing school choice improves the overall learning experience for students in the state.
“Parents across the board want more options for their kids, because that’s what they do best,” Austin said.
Mah believes school choice is not the best option for the children. Instead, adequate funding is what allows students to learn to the best of their potential.
“What Kansas parents want are strong public schools,” Mah said.
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