In Georgia, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment creating a commission with the power to approve charter schools – bypassing often-hostile school boards.
In Washington, voters approved a measure allowing the creation of charter schools in their state. That one was a close call. But, after three failures before it passed this time, things are moving in the right direction.
It’s a Bipartisan Issue
And, as one observer noted, the electoral victories in both a red and blue state show school choice is becoming a bipartisan issue.
Meanwhile, according to a news release from the American Federation for Children, Wisconsin voters “elected a coalition of legislative candidates who strongly support expanding education choices in the Badger State, creating strong majorities in both the state Assembly and Senate who favor educational choice.”
We Need Change Now!
These election-day victories are good news. But not great news.
Why do I say that? I’m certainly for any change that increases the opportunity for parents to choose a school offering their children a quality education. And there’s clearly growing momentum across the country for giving parents more choice over the schools their children attend.
But I’m impatient.
Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders of the 1960s were told over and over that they should be satisfied with incremental changes giving blacks more rights.
Their answer? Incremental change isn’t enough. Justice delayed is justice denied.
That’s the way I feel about school choice. Charter schools, vouchers and other reforms giving parents more choices are a step in the right direction.
But our goal at End The Education Plantation is to give every parent in America – regardless of where they live, how much money they have or the color of their skin — the opportunity to choose a school offering their children a quality education.
We have a proposal that will do that by creating Education Freedom Accounts parents can use to send their children to any state-approved school.
The election is over. It’s time for the President and Congress to get back to work. We need to put pressure on them to give every parent the opportunity to send their children to a school offering them a quality education.
That’s what we’re fighting for. But we’re a grassroots organization. We need your help. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Get involved. We need your help. More importantly, our nation’s children need your help.