By: Colleen Cook
Let’s face it, creating real and meaningful change is hard. It requires disciplined effort and significant time. I was blessed to spend part of the third week of November with inspiring creators of change at the South Carolina Charter Schools Conference. It brought together many smart, thoughtful leaders who are fighting to give children the best education possible.
However, the South Carolina Public School District is considering a new accountability framework that could cause some charter schools in the state to shut down. Given my experience as an Oklahoma parent advocate and PSO Board Member, I wanted to take my experience in fighting against this framework to the Palmetto State.
At the conference we talked with attendees about this accountability framework and what it could mean for many parents and students: fewer choices.
Raising awareness about this framework is vital because the parent perspective is so important in the fight for more, not fewer, school choice options. And if the South Carolina Charter School District continues on its current path, the reality is that there will be fewer options in the future for South Carolina students — options that have worked for moms like me.
I hope you’ll consider getting involved in our movement in your state.