School Choice Week: What is the choice for Lubbock-area parents?

School Choice Week: What is the choice for Lubbock-area parents?

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Typically in the public school system, where you live is where you go to school.

So for parents who cannot afford to send their children to private school, many believe they don't have "school choice."

Thought to be a binary decision between private school and public school, Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Keith Bryant said school choice is different in West Texas.

"They can choose to go to a private school, they can choose to homeschool. I think that's important for our society. But there's also school choice within public schools," Bryant said.

In fact, Lubbock ISD Associate Superintendent Doyle Vogler said currently 1,075 out-of-district students attend schools in Lubbock ISD.

"It's like going to the cafeteria. You can pick and choose what your needs are and what your wants are, and we're very blessed in this school district having the size we do that we have those options. We also have all the career-technology education programs that maybe some of the other private schools may or may not be able to offer," Vogler said.

Through the district's open transfer rules, Vogler said parents can personalize their child's education. 

"We want to make sure we don't put up any gates for any students so that they have choices. Ten years from now, you may not think you're going to be a principal or a teacher, but you might be. So we want to make sure there are choices for our kiddos to choose from," Vogler said.

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