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Education system defines the future—it inspires us, teaches us, rears us, and has historically been the vehicle for upward mobility. It afforded the hope that with knowledge and hard work, a poor child could climb into the middle, upper-middle, or upper economic class.

But in recent years, education has failed us. Graduates are not getting jobs that stay true to their degree. We have millions of job openings in mainly technical streams such as computer science, math, and data science, and they remain unfilled. According to a study by Inside Higher Ed, 49 percent of students feel they are underemployed.

This system can be vastly improvised and for that we need to start at the foundation: grade school. Build from the ground up, via grassroots efforts, to transform our education for generations to come.

American people spend $600 billion a year on education—$10,452 per student from a mixture of state, local and federal funds.  School choice will allow parents to determine where their children go to school. Right now America’s school system is locally-focused, public schools based, unless the parents can pay for private schools.

With school choice, government-provided vouchers will enable parents to determine which school is ideal for our children. While school choice has always existed for the top class of society, the introduction of it as public policy would democratize our education system.

It will effectively level the playing field for underprivileged students, affording them an education at the same institutions as the rich kids have. This is powerful. Like most policies, we have to handle this carefully, perhaps by giving school choice only to those most in need.