Since 1995 the Roundtable has been engaged in the ongoing discussion about school choice across the nation. The Roundtable was involved in the legislative language of the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program and remained involved the program through six different court proceedings including the final victory for school choice before both the Ohio and United States Supreme Courts. In the final Supreme Court decision affidavits submitted by Roundtable President David Zanotti are specifically cited.
As an organization dedicated to a principled approach to public policy the Roundtable rationale for supporting school choice can be summarized as:
1) Children are not the property of the State.
2) Parents remain the best source for academic decisions for their children.
3) Children whose parents cannot possibly afford alternative education should not be shut out of academic opportunity.
4) All taxpayers are a part of the public school system because they all help pay for schools. If parents, voters, and or taxpayers choose to restructure educational models they have the right to do so.
5) Citizens, through their elected officials or direct ballot initiative, have the right to create alternative academic opportunities and funding vehicles such as but not limited to scholarships, vouchers, charter schools and tax credits.