How should school boards balance “parent choice” with the rights of all children to a universally accessible, equitable public education?

October 5, 2021

I fully support public education. Last year I was impressed with how the school division set pivot points for opting into and/or out of in-school learning.  This provided a balanced approach to parental choice and a functional, and as much as possible, predictable system. This current year still has an at-home option within the public school system umbrella, recognizing that individual and family circumstances and risk tolerance vary. This model can be applied to other situations, where a reasonable amount of flexibility is provided within the main system that has responsibility to provide a universally accessible and equitable public education to each child.