Many young people in America today face a harsh reality. Their fate in life is determined by their ZIP code. For an overwhelming number of African Americans and other minorities, having the wrong ZIP code keeps you from a high school diploma, a college degree, and a future that offers you opportunities that match your talents.
That’s wrong. And it’s entirely avoidable.
We are not assigned to certain grocery stores or restaurants based on our ZIP codes, which is why it makes no sense that between K-12, children are required to attend a school solely based on where they live.
We have some school choice in Michigan, but too many kids are still assigned a school based on their ZIP code. There are those who want to eliminate or restrict choice, and we shouldn’t let that happen. Students need to be funded equitably and we need to make sure parents have enough information to make the right choice.