Welcome to National School Choice Week. Do you have a choice?

nationalschoolchoiceweekWelcome to National School Choice Week. If you’re not happy with the choices available to you when it comes to deciding where to send your kids to school, this is a good week to make some noise about it.

Actually, every week is a good week to let elected officials and others know if you’re unhappy about the school choices available to you. But you’ll have more company doing it this week. National School Choice Week continues through Saturday.

People throughout the United States, including in Colorado where I live, are doing things to draw attention to the issue of school choice.

On Wednesday, for example, the Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE) will hold a panel discussion on what it’s like to teach at a charter school.

The scheduled speakers are James Cryan, founder of Rocky Mountain Prep School in Denver; Jeremy Tarbutton, a teacher at Denver School of Science and Technology; and Melissa Christensen, assistant director of elementary education at Peak to Peak Charter School in Boulder. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Resource Area for Teachers, 2875 Blake Street, Denver.

America’s Future Foundation, Liberty on the Rocks and The Independence Institute are cosponsoring a free showing of the movie “Won’t Back Down” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola David and Holly Hunter. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Independence Institute, 727 E. 16th Ave., Denver.

The movie is about two headstrong mothers who wage a battle to save their children’s inner-city school. Free drinks and pizza will be available. And anyone sporting their school colors or logo will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Root Down. Root Down, 1600 W. 33rd Ave., Denver, describes itself as a restaurant that “aims to connect the neighborhood to a dining experience in the same way ingredients are connected to food.”

The Independence Institute also is sponsoring a dinner and a showing of the movie “Waiting for Superman” in Spanish to reach out to Spanish-speaking families. The event will be at Centro San Juan Diego, 2830 Lawrence Street, Denver, beginning at 6 p.m.

There many other events across the country, including Colorado, this week to focus attention on the need for school choice. Whether you attend of any of them or not, I encourage you to speak out on the need for more choices when it comes to picking a school for your children.

End The Education Plantation is a grassroots nonprofit organization with one and only one goal: Give every parent in America the opportunity to send their kids to a school offering them the kind of quality education they need to live happy, successful lives.

We’re one of more than 550 organizations nationwide partnering to support the goals of National School Choice Week. But, if we’re successful, the need for National School Choice Week will go away. And so will the need for End The Education Plantation. This is a crusade, not a career, for me. I look forward to the day I can close up shop and move on to other things because we’ve won this battle.

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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