Allowing parents to choose the best school for their children is an important step in adapting to the future, according to Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

DiCiccio stopped by Sonoran Science Academy in Ahwatukee Foothills during National School Choice Week to discuss school choice with parents.

“You should make the decision of where your child should go,” he said. “You’re able to see what your child excels in. We have a multitude of schools where they emphasize things your child has already shown an interest in. At 6 years old don’t we know what your child will be like? You just have to guide that child and direct them.”

The councilman is working with Michael Nowakowski and former mayor Phil Gordon to set up a technology summit in Phoenix. The goal is to incorporate more technology into the city’s operations and infrastructure. Increasing technology and encouraging school choice help Phoenix compete in a new economy, DiCiccio said.

“The next 10 years are something we should all be excited about, but also prepared for,” he said. “We as parents have an obligation to create some of those seeds that prepare us for the next 10 years.”

DiCiccio told parents he doesn’t believe the state goes far enough in allowing parents to choose the best school for their child. He believes tax dollars that go to education should be split evenly among children and should go with the child to whatever school the parent chooses.

Organizers of National School Choice Week encourage those interested in alternative options for their children for next school year to start researching right away.

“The process of beginning to research new schools for your children for 2014-2015 should begin right now,” Andrew Campanella, the effort’s president said. “Seats in great schools are already filling up for the next school year, so parents can’t afford to wait until the spring or the summer if they want to select a different school for their children. The winter is the time to start.”

For more information on the school choice movement, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com/states.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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