By: Amy Threewitt
As I reflect on The 74 Million’s education summit, I am thankful for the unique opportunity to attend such an awesome event. It was nice seeing familiar faces, like Andrew Campanella with National School Choice Week, and other leaders in the school choice movement as well.
All of the Republican candidates who attended — Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, and Scott Walker – said they support school choice. The best part: everyone talked about the role of parents in choosing the best school for their children.
As an advocate for school choice, the forum provided a great opportunity to hear each candidate’s views on education. Everyone was asked the same questions, and everyone was given a fair shot to answer! It felt like we were listening to an in-depth interview instead of a debate with all candidates on stage together. We heard substance, not sound bites.
Most folks you talk to say that education policy is a high priority when choosing who to vote for, but if we want more candidates to lead on school choice issues parents must make their voices heard. We need to get active. We need to attend forums. And we need to continue to ask these candidates the tough questions so that education issues are front and center in 2016.