School choice is more than just vouchers

“Memo from the Middle” is an opinion column by RGJ columnist Pat Hickey, who was a member of the Nevada Legislature from 1996 to 2016.

Nevadans who think independently love the right to choose. We like to choose where we live, how we work and how we spend our money. We prefer to choose how we worship, who we love, and how we marry. As recent election results show, we are increasingly inclined to vote who we vote, turning away from traditional political parties that tell us what our voting preferences should be.

Certainly a majority of women today insist on freedom of choice for their reproductive rights. Most men agree. The same is true of families’ educational choices for their children. The growing problem of school choice is far more than just school vouchers or funds following children. It’s now part of the way families in Nevada and elsewhere make educational decisions.