Parents should have say in where kids go to school in Missouri, expert says

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JEFFERSON CITY • Rich or poor, parents should have a choice in where their child goes to school.

At least, that’s what James Shuls, the Show-Me Institute’s Education Policy director, believes.

And that choice would contribute to prosperity in Missouri, Shuls said today at a presentation in the Capitol building.

“When (a state) has school choice programs, it leads to better outcome for students,” Shuls said. “With a better education, more students graduate high school … more go to college or trade school. This leads to better outcomes for our state.”

Shuls’ presentation was part of National School Choice Week, which began Sunday and runs until Saturday. The week highlights a variety of school choice options for parents, such as public schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling, according to the week’s website.

Across the country, about 5,500 events like Shuls’ presentation are planned for this week.

Shuls said the problem with schools in Missouri and other states is that some students are stuck in failing schools, with teachers who are not meeting their needs.

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Slowly but surely a revolutionary idea is being put into operation in the most unpromising area of the world.

While more than 100 years ago the Red Cross established the right to healthcare in conflict zones, the right of refugee boys and girls to continue their education, irrespective of borders, has yet to be won.

But this week in the village of Akroum, which is in the extreme north-east corner of Lebanon close to the Syrian border, a group of exiled Syrian teachers teamed up with Akroum’s local village school to “timeshare” the building. For several half days each week, outside of normal school hours, they teach the refugee children.

These teachers are unpaid volunteers who are taking children off the streets, preventing many from becoming child labourers or even beggars, and already doing what only education can do – providing the children with hope that there is a future worth preparing for.

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