by Bethany Waylett
It might have been just an average Thursday for everyone else, but families like mine in North Carolina were on the edge of our seats at the state School Board of Education meeting. School choice advocates have been working for four years to bring public school options to our state — and decision day had finally arrived.
I took one of the few open seats in a packed room of nervous Nellies. I looked around to see my friends: a local preacher, a former state Senator, active community leaders, and other parents like myself. We had all met in the battlefield for our children’s education. We were in this together.
And then the critical vote came that would confirm or deny all our hard work. And what an exhilarating and exciting outcome it was. Two virtual charter schools are approved to open this fall in the Tar Heel State!
As my daughters finish up this academic year, I will try hard not to rush the summer. We look forward this fall full of new opportunities, challenging school lessons, and options for my family. Thank you, North Carolina State Board of Education! We appreciate you saying #ITrustParents.