Friday, February 3, 2023
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, January 28, 2017
VIDEO: School Choice Dance 2017!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 PM :: 3730 Views :: Education K-12

From Grassroot Institute, January 26, 2017

Students, parents and teachers from Lanakila Baptist School held a special event this week to celebrate National School Choice Week. Joe Kent, Vice President of Research at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, gave opening remarks about why Hawaii needs school choice.

Full text of the Joe Kent’s remarks are below:

Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in Hawaii named Aaron. Aaron was a very smart kid, but he wasn’t doing well in public school. Aaron’s parents wanted to send him to a different public school, but they weren’t allowed to.

In Hawaii, parents aren’t allowed to send their kids to other public schools, except under certain special circumstances. But Aaron’s family filled out all the paperwork, for years, and they still weren’t allowed to send Aaron to a different school.

Aaron needed school choice. His family wanted to choose a different school that was better for him.

His family didn’t have the money to send him to a private school, because they were already being taxed to pay for his public school education. But what if Aaron’s family could get that money back?

Hawaii public schools spend about $14,000 per student, yet the average cost of attending private school in Hawaii is only about $11,000 per student.

Studies show that in Hawaii, students who go to alternative schools get much better scores.

What if Aaron’s family could get that money back, and send him to a private school instead?

The solution is Education Savings Accounts. Here’s how it works:

Some of the money is given back to the family in the form of an Education Savings Account. That money can be spent on any form of education, whether it’s a public school, a private school, an online school, or a home-school curriculum.

This way, Aaron could go to a school of his choice, and maybe, get a better education.

Education Savings Accounts, are being tried in 5 states: Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Mississippi.

If you’d like to learn more about school choice and Education Savings Accounts, please visit the Grassroot Institute online! Thank you.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii