Arizona is the first in the nation to expand school choice statewide, boosting calls to 'modernize Texas' K-12 system.'
Texas already has a robust charter school system, but they can't keep up with demand brought on by COVID restrictions and wokeism in public schools.
"Seventy percent of charter schools in Texas have wait lists. Sixty-thousand students are recorded to be on those wait lists as of this spring," says Emily Sass, distinguished senior fellow for Next Generation Texas at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
"When parents do have a choice, they are all in on it. These charter schools are not able to expand the way they should be able to, to fully meet that demand."
Polling shows 76% of parents overall, support cross-district open enrollment. Sass believes there's growing momentum to push something through the Texas Legislature.
"The governor has come out in full support of increasing school choice options for families. He's going to push this all the way at the legislative session. The lieutenant governor has support this for years and years," says Sass.