It’s National School Choice Week!

by John McClaughry

This coming week (January 22 – 27) is National School Choice Week, and groups around the country are making appropriate NCSW Leg Reminder - frontobservances.  One such will in Montpelier on Wednesday, January 24, where defenders of Vermont’s 150 year old school choice system will visit the State House to impress upon legislators the many benefits of letting parents send their kids to the school that works best for them.

That’s an heretical idea to the Public Education establishment, which believes that qualified educational experts know what’s best for your kid, and insists that the state back them up by enforcing the truancy laws. Their whole lobbying effort is designed to shut off leakage of public school kids to independent schools, and to keep pushing preschool to earlier and earlier ages so they’ll get the additional  bodies they need to fill all the underpopulated classrooms left behind as Vermont’s school age population dropped by thirty thousand in the last 25 years – while the number of people on the school payrolls steadily rose to new heights.

Legislators badly need to be reminded that education is for kids, and our state’s future – not for the affluence and comfort of the teachers union.

The school choice day events begin Wednesday at 11 with a news conference in the Cedar Creek room of the state house, and after participants bend the ear of their legislators, there’s a complimentary lunch program at the Capital Plaza. To sign up for that, email [email protected] right away.

Full Schedule of Events for January :
10:45 am. Group photo on the State House Steps
11:00 am. Press conference in the Cedar Creek Room of the State House.
11:20 am. Time to discuss school choice with legislators and make your presence known in the State House.
12:00 pmComplimentary Lunch at the Capital Plaza Hotel. School Choice Awards will be presented, school choirs will provide entertainment, and we will feature a surprise guest speaker! RSVP’s for lunch are greatly appreciated so that we can have an accurate count for the number of meals. Please RSVP to [email protected].

John McClaughry is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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