Thursday, September 6, 2012
Aaron, 16, has received a scholarship through the Milwaukee Parental Choice program since he was in Kindergarten. He considers himself very fortunate because he attends a school where he gets pushed to do better and is constantly motivated. His Chemistry teacher in particular constantly gives Aaron a heavier load work “because he knew I could do it." Aaron’s parents applied for Aaron and his sisters to participate in the scholarship program because it gives Aaron and his siblings the opportunity to attend a private school they could otherwise not afford. Aaron says attending private school keeps him out of trouble and provides more than academic knowledge: it teaches him how to be a better man, something Aaron talks about at home every day.
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program was enacted in 1995 and serves more than 23,000 students. Independent research has demonstrated a higher graduation rate for participating students. Parental satisfaction surveys also demonstrate high support among parents.