Parents Rally for More Options, Freedom to Spend Education Money

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of parents gathered inside Union Station Monday evening to rally for more options to educate their children.

The parents came from a wide-range of places. Some home-school their kids. Others have chosen charter schools and some want the option of sending their kids to private schools.

They want the state to put education money directly into the hands of parents so they can choose the educational direction of their children. It's what many call a "voucher" program.

"It's often thought of as a bad thing, as if using tax dollars to give your kid a good education were somehow bad. Part of that comes from a mindset that public education means your local public school. I think public education is really an idea that we want all kids to get a great education," said James Shuls, a Show-Me Institute education analyst.

Because Kansas City, Mo., does not have an accredited school district, some parents say charter schools alone don't provide enough choices for student success.

"There must be other options available to those children. It doesn't take away from success of children. It only takes away from volume that public school system has," said Sasteh Mosley, a parent.

School-choice supporters believe competition among schools helps improve public schools, resulting in education for everyone.

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