by Amy Threewitt
I’ve spent the past several summers running a theater camp for students in Cheyenne. It includes everything from lesson plans to logistics, and costumes to curtain calls. This isn’t unlike my full-time job as a parent: I worry about everything from nutrition to safety, and social development to education.
As my theater students and children prepare to start school again this fall, I’m preparing for conference and event season with PSO. Each fall is filled with family-friendly events and national conferences, which I’m eager to organize and attend.
PSO President Tillie Elvrum and I will get started this month in New Hampshire at The Seventy Four Education Summit. It’s so encouraging that an organization has set up a forum solely focused on the issue of education – and that leading presidential candidates are participating! As a parent of students who have benefited from school choice in Wyoming, this is great news to me.
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What am I going to be listening for while I’m there? I want to hear where these candidates stand on access to public school options – charter schools, virtual schools, magnet schools, and tax credit scholarships. I also wonder if these politicians would sign a final ESEA reauthorization bill into law that empowers parents to choose the best education environment for their children. That’s what parents need. Let’s see if our politicians are listening.
Bottom line for forum participants: #ITrustParents — do you?