President-elect Donald Trump recently announced that he would nominate Betsy DeVos, an unapologetic national champion of education choice to be U.S. Secretary of Education. Her appointment has sparked a renewed national conversation about the effectiveness of creating more education options as a path toward transforming outdated and underperforming education systems.
One segment about education choice entitled “Making the Grade” recently ran on the PBS Newshour. It takes a look at Freedom Charter School in Memphis, Tennessee and the current controversy swirling around the NAACP’s recent call for a moratorium on public charter schools.
In the piece, passionate parents weigh in with their personal experiences. As one parent says, “Just because we’re black and poor doesn’t mean we don’t want what’s best for our kids.”
And you won’t believe what the head of Tennessee’s largest teachers union has to say about parents’ ability to choose the best education for their child…but don’t just take our word for it.
Check out this great tutorial on public charter schools for yourself:
Ultimately, the question of education choice really is about giving every parent the chance to give their child the opportunity to reach their full potential. Which is why we’ll continue to tirelessly work to ensure that in South Carolina, public education doesn’t just mean a system of schools, but an educated public ready for citizenship and the jobs of the future.