Each summer school choice parent advocates from across the country gather in Washington, DC to attend the PSO Parent Advocacy Boot Camp. This year marked the 10th anniversary of this gathering and it’s incredible to see how far our advocacy efforts have come in the last 10 years.
At this year’s boot camp parents heard about the impact of federal legislation on parent choice; listened to a panel discussion of the big thinkers on school choice and education reform including Ben DeGrow from the Mackinac Institute in Michigan, Andrew Campanella from National School Choice Week, and Robert Enlow from EdChoice in Indiana. Additionally, a panel discussion between parents helped advocates understand what advocacy in action looks like. Parents from Indiana, Texas and Nevada participated in that panel.
Parent advocates also received traditional and social media training, got to hear from school choice champion Representative Paul Mitchell of Michigan and were able to tour the former home of George Washington, Mt. Vernon, and The White House.
These passionate advocates are working hard every day to ensure that parents are trusted to make educational decisions for their children. At boot camp, we work to equip these parents with the tools they need to be the best advocates they can be.
Thank you to our national board of parent leaders who work tirelessly to make boot camp a success.
We want to thank all of those who participated this year and made it our best boot camp yet! Here’s to another 10 years!
PSO advocates in front of The White House
Panel discussion with Andrew Campanella, Ben DeGrow and Robert Enlow
Jason Botel from the US Department of Education addresses advocates
PSO parent panel discussion about advocacy in action
Representative Paul Mitchell of Michigan
PSO National Board President