School choice programs allow public education funds to follow students to the schools or services that parents/guardians select to meet their child’s needs—whether that’s to a public school, private school, charter school, home school, or any other learning environment. ASHA supports the right of a child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to choose the education setting for their child. However, it is critical to maintain appropriate funding for public school systems that serve both general education and special education students as well as those that attend specialized schools.
School based audiology and speech-language pathology services are funded by public federal and state funds. Here are ways that funding for school choice programs can impact you and public school programs.
See ASHA's full list of comments, letters, and testimonies.
For questions or additional information, contact a member of ASHA's School Services Team.