By Shannon Presley
On a chilly January morning, I joined about fifty fellow Virginians in Richmond to advocate on behalf on school choice. We met like-minded folks, joined forces, and marched to Thomas Jefferson’s “House on the Hill.”
Parents, students, teachers, and the Virginia Virtual Academy Head of School gathered to learn about talking to legislators, filled our bags with #ITrustParents swag, enjoyed a tasty lunch from Homemade by Suzanne, toured the Capitol building, and shared our stories with lawmakers from the Commonwealth.
A few parents had been a part of this process before, but a lot of us were new. What an experience! It’s exhilarating to tell folks why my family — my child — benefits from virtual education. It doesn’t get more personal than that.
We made our rounds through the Virginia Assembly building asking members to support HB 324 and HB 1361, which would create a statewide virtual school including grades K-12. It was encouraging to hear folks like Delegate Dickie Bell and Delegate Jimmie Massie say #ITrustParents to choose the best school for their kids. I hope we see more support from more legislators soon — and I’m proud to have been a part of those efforts.