School Choice: I’m grateful but…

Happy Thanksgiving. This is a good time of the year to reflect on all the things we’re grateful for. And I have some I’d like to share with you. But I have some concerns to share with you, too.

  • I’m grateful that school choice is gaining in popularity and becoming available to more and more parents all over the United States.
  • But I’m unhappy that, despite all the gains that have been made, real choice is still available to only a relative handful of parents and children.
  • I’m grateful for the hundreds of organizations and thousands upon thousands of individuals who have been fighting so hard for so many years to give more parents the opportunity to choose a better school for their children.
  • But I’m unhappy the fight is taking so long. And I’m unhappy that millions of children each year – who each get only one trip through our education system – are still being denied the quality education that should be one of their basic rights as Americans.
  • I’m grateful the voters of a strongly blue state (Washington) and a strongly red state (Georgia) approved ballot issues earlier this month giving more parents in those states the opportunity to choose the schools their children attend.
  • But I’m unhappy those measures ultimately will benefit only a handful of families. We need to give every parent in every state the opportunity to choose a school that will offer their children a quality education.
  • I’m grateful nearly 450 organizations – including End The Education Planation – are partnering to support National School Choice Week from Jan. 27-Feb. 2 to highlight the benefits of allowing parents to choose the schools their children attend.
  • But I’m unhappy that we need something like a National School Choice Week.
  • I’m grateful that a determined group of parents in California finally won their years-long fight with their local school board to force the creation of a charter school in their community.
  • But I’m unhappy parents in California and elsewhere have to fight for that right. And I’m unhappy that charter schools, vouchers and other responses to parents’ desire for better school options for their children are available to so few families. We need to give every parent the opportunity to choose a quality school for their children.
  • I’m grateful that people like Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Al Sharpton, the National Alliance of Black School Educators and others have identified the opportunity to obtain a quality education as one of the basic civil rights issues of our day.
  • But I’m unhappy there’s no national groundswell to force our political leaders to pass a law giving every parent a real choice of schools for their children.
We can win the fight to give every parent – regardless of where they live, how much money they have or the color or their skin – the opportunity to choose a school that will provide a quality education for their children. And we can win it by next Thanksgiving if enough of us raise our voices to demand real choice for every parent in America.

End The Education Plantation is committed to solving this problem. But we’re a grassroots organization. And we can’t do it alone. We need your help. Get involved. The only way we can win this fight is for enough of us to raise our voices so our elected officials can no longer ignore us.

John Conlin

John Conlin is a self-employed management consultant who lives in Littleton, Colorado. He started End The Education Plantation because he’s seen first-hand the harm being caused by our nation’s schools and believes it’s time to do something about that. Join our email list for continuing updates. And get involved. We’re a grassroots organization.

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