TOPS Teacher: Embrace School Choice

Originally published in The Dallas Morning News – January 31, 2020

Every student has a unique set of needs. It’s time we shift our educational approach to reflect this. Rather than requiring students to conform to a mold their school dictates, we should adapt our services to the individual requirements of each student.

As a teacher at Texas Online Preparatory School, I have the privilege of working with students from across the state. Each one has different needs. I’ve worked with students with medical conditions that involve frequent doctor’s appointments and students in remote areas who want access to classes their local schools cannot provide.

With the ability to freely choose a school that accommodates them, they have the freedom to grow and achieve their goals. Let’s empower students to succeed in a school that will meet them where they are. It’s time we embrace and advocate for school choice.

Jessica Higgins

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