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Let’s give families and students control over their future. Let’s give them the option to pursue a better learning environment, instead of trapping them in a setting where they are destined to fail.

Let’s incentivize our schools to compete for students, compete for education dollars and boost innovation.

Public charter schools should be an option in providing school choice. Charter schools are independent schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative than traditional public schools, while being held accountable for improved student achievement.

For those striving to climb the ladder of success, we must fix our schools.

This is about a fair shot in life. And it is painfully obvious that too many students aren’t getting one. Instead, unfair policies are dooming them to failure.

When every child can, like the president’s kids, go to the school of their choice, then will the dreams of our children come true.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees.