Giving Compass' Take:

· Jonathan Butcher explains why allowing students and parents more flexible education options to personalize learning leads to higher success rates. 

· What has the data shown about flexible education options? How are Florida schools providing their students with more flexible education options?

· Read more about flexible learning environments and the benefits they provide for student development.

Not every child is the same, so it stands to reason that not every educational experience should be the same, right? Flexible education options give kids and their parents a better ability to customize an education that works best for them, writes Goldwater Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Butcher in a new piece for the Deseret News, and states that don’t offer such options should embrace them.

Florida mother Andrea Wiggins knows the difference that these flexible options can make in a child’s life. Her daughter Elizabeth has special needs that make learning a challenge, but because Andrea had access to a Gardiner Scholarship (Florida’s education savings account, or ESA, program), she was able to pay for teaching materials, therapies, and private school tuition—all of which made it easier for Elizabeth to learn and help reach her full potential. Today, Elizabeth is thriving in a district high school—and the Gardiner Scholarship helped make that possible.

Read the full article about flexible education options by Jonathan Butcher at the In Defense of Liberty Blog.