School Choice should be a beacon of the libertarian quest for government reform. This issue embodies the values of freedom and individual choice that resonate with libertarians; it also helps instill these values in the families that are raising the next generation of voters. However, we must acknowledge the path to winning on School Choice in 2024 is not a solitary mission for Libertarians. It demands a coalition that bridges political divides, bringing together a variety of stakeholders.

The good news is that it is a popular topic that most voters agree with.

“According to a new poll from RealClear Opinion Research, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters from June 27-30, 2023, the concept of school choice enjoys overwhelming support (71% vs. 13% opposed). This is true across party lines, with 66% of Democrats, 80% of Republicans, and 69% of Independents saying they support such a policy. Additionally, 70% of Asian, 73% of Black, 71% of Hispanic, and 71% of White voters support school choice.”


To achieve this fundamentally Libertarian victory in 2024, we must include outreach to reform-oriented individuals in all parties. We must also recognize a crucial potential ally: teachers’ unions. This article outlines a strategy to build such a coalition, focusing on engaging ideologically aligned leaders to advance the cause of school choice.

Teachers’ Unions and the Argument for School Choice


Most Libertarians agree that parents and guardians should have the freedom to choose the best educational environment for their children, including public, charter, private schools, or homeschooling. This aligns with the principles of liberty and limited government. It also promotes a diverse and competitive educational market that fosters innovation and quality.

Though it may not seem so at first, we should recognize that the goals of School Choice also align with the mission and vision of most teachers. Here are a few specific reasons:

1. **Enhanced Professional Opportunities for Teachers**: School Choice can lead to a diversification of educational settings, including charter schools, magnet schools, and private institutions. This diversity creates a broader range of employment opportunities for teachers. It allows educators to find positions that align more closely with their teaching philosophies, specialties, and preferred environments. This can lead to increased job satisfaction and professional growth.

2. **Stimulating Educational Innovation**: By fostering a competitive environment, school choice encourages innovation in teaching methods, curricula, and school management. Teachers’ unions can support this as it provides an opportunity for educators to be at the forefront of educational innovation and reform. This environment can be more dynamic and responsive to the changing needs of students and society, offering teachers a chance to be part of groundbreaking educational practices.

3. **Improving Educational Standards and Outcomes**: School choice can lead to improved educational standards as schools compete to attract students. This competition can result in higher quality education, better student performance, and overall improved outcomes. Teachers, as integral stakeholders in education, naturally seek to enhance educational standards. Supporting school choice can be seen as supporting a means to elevate the quality of education across the board.

4. **Empowering Teachers in Decision-Making**: In a school choice system, teachers often have more autonomy and a greater voice in school governance, curriculum choices, and teaching methods. This empowerment is something teachers’ unions can advocate for, as it aligns with their goals of ensuring that teachers have a significant say in their professional environments and the education process.

5. **Aligning with Public and Parental Demand**: There is a growing public and parental demand for more diversified and tailored educational options for children. By supporting school choice, teachers’ unions align themselves with these demands, demonstrating responsiveness to public interest. This can help improve the public image of unions, showing that they are not only advocates for teachers but also for the broader needs and desires of families and communities regarding education.

Arguments Against School Choice and Counterarguments Promoting It


While the arguments against school choice are rooted in genuine concerns, the potential benefits of a well-structured school choice system offer compelling counterpoints. Such a system, designed with equity, quality, and accountability in mind, can provide more efficient use of resources, promote diversity and inclusivity, enhance educational standards, and democratize access to quality education for all students, including those requiring special education. Here are a few specifics that may help you in your dialogues.

**Argument 1: School Choice Drains Resources from Public Schools**

– **Counterargument**: While concerns about funding are valid, school choice can actually lead to a more efficient use of educational resources. When schools compete for students, they are incentivized to use funds more effectively and innovatively. Additionally, school choice can relieve overcrowding in public schools and reduce the strain on their resources, potentially increasing per-student funding.

**Argument 2: It Leads to Increased Segregation**

– **Counterargument**: Properly implemented, school choice can offer more opportunities for integration and diversity. Families from different backgrounds can choose schools that might not be in their immediate neighborhood, breaking down geographical and socio-economic barriers. Also, a variety of specialized schools can cater to diverse needs and interests, promoting a more inclusive educational environment.

**Argument 3: Quality Control and Accountability Issues**

– **Counterargument**: School choice introduces mechanisms of accountability that are driven by parental choice and market forces. Parents will naturally gravitate towards schools that provide high-quality education, forcing lower-performing schools to improve or risk closure. Furthermore, choice systems can be designed with robust oversight and accreditation processes to ensure quality and accountability across all schools.

**Argument 4: It Favors the Wealthy**

– **Counterargument**: School choice, when accompanied by vouchers or scholarships, can actually level the playing field for lower-income families. These financial tools enable families to send their children to schools they previously couldn’t afford, breaking down economic barriers to quality education. School choice can democratize access to high-quality education, irrespective of a family’s financial status.

**Argument 5: It Overlooks the Needs of Special Education Students**

– **Counterargument**: School choice can be tailored to better serve special education students. Specialized schools and programs can cater specifically to the needs of these students, providing resources and expertise that might not be available in traditional public schools. This personalized approach can lead to better outcomes for special education students, who can receive the targeted support they need.



Building a coalition for school choice is an ambitious endeavor with transformative potential for American education. By engaging with teachers’ unions and finding allies within, the coalition can champion a cause that aligns with the principles of freedom, choice, and opportunity. This is more than a libertarian vision; it is a vision for an educational system where every child can thrive, and every educator feels empowered. United, we can turn this vision into a reality in 2024, forging an educational future that benefits everyone.

The opinions shared here do not necessarily represent the official position of the Libertarian Party. These editorial articles have been submitted by Libertarians across the country, and featuring these topics does not represent an endorsement of the content therein.

The opinions shared here do not necessarily represent the official position of the Libertarian Party. These editorial articles have been submitted by Libertarians across the country, and featuring these topics does not represent an endorsement of the content therein.