Today kicks off National School Choice Week. Support for school choice comes from groups ranging across the entire political/ideological spectrum, and evidence from Michigan shows that parents strongly favor more learning options for their children. Favoring market-based policy, personal liberty and free association, the Mackinac Center has long been a supporter of educational freedom.

Thinking about the current status of Michigan schools, it might seem like now is the wrong time to expand learning opportunities for students through more school choice. After all, news of school districts struggling to make ends meet, laying off employees and shuttering buildings abound. But as Mackinac Center President Joe Lehman recently articulated, a fiscal crisis might be the ideal time to harness the cost-saving power of school choice.

In recognition of National School Choice Week, we’ll feature on our web site some of our best commentaries on why less government regulation and more freedom in schooling is good for parents, students, teachers and taxpayers.