By: Annie Rutschilling
It was a good morning in Alabama. Eight families, including me, from across the state had traveled to Montgomery on a Wednesday morning to support parent power in education. The Alabama State Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 229, which expands access to public school options for families in the Yellowhammer State.
I was able to testify in support of Senator Dick Brewbaker’s bill at the hearing. While I was a little nervous, nothing was going to stop me from sharing why school choice is so important. You see, my husband and I have six children and none of them fit in the same educational box. They are all different and all need something different in a school setting. While my two oldest children graduated from our neighborhood brick-and-mortar school and my two middle children still attend a traditional school, it was not the best fit for my two youngest children.
Thankfully, state legislators like Senator Brewbaker and Representative Terri Collins trust parents — not bureaucrats — to choose the best school for their children.
After hearing from proponents and opponents on the bill, our eight families met with senators and their staff about virtual school. We explained that while it might not be the best fit for every student, it is the best fit for our students. The icing on our advocacy cake was an impromptu meeting with Representative Collins. She thanked us for our time, willingness to travel, AND told us she was willing to carry this piece of legislation on the House side.
It was a good morning in Alabama.