Children have different gifts, talents, needs, and interests. They learn in different ways. For too long, education policy has been built on an industrial model of mass schooling that fails to account adequately for the uniqueness of each student. As a result, many students are poorly served by our one-size-fits-all educational system and the interests of taxpayers are compromised as well. Since central planners make most key decisions about education rather than parents, our “uniform” system of education is largely seperated from the kinds of market forces that help produce the highest possible educational outcomes at the lowest possible price.

The J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options at The James Madison Institute seeks to advance policy reforms that empower Florida parents to choose the schools, courses, resources, and programs that best meet their child’s unique needs, interests, aptitudes, and learning styles. Like JMI’s founder and namesake of the Center, Dr. Marshall, the Marshall Center has a special concern for disadvantaged students who have often been denied high-quality learning opportunities. Read more about the Marshall Center here.

While it is appropriate for education reform efforts to give top priority to disadvantaged students, all K-12 students deserve an education that is tailored to fit them.  For this reason, JMI supports universal choice in education so that every Florida child has access to the schools, courses, and educational programs that best meet their unique needs, interests, abilities, and learning styles.

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