Viewers deserve to hear where candidates stand on access to public school options, and if they trust parents to make decisions about their child’s education
WASHINGTON – On Sunday, the three Democratic candidates for president will meet for a primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina. The debate, moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt, provides an opportunity for candidates to lay out their vision for education in America, a topic that has received little attention in previous debates.
PublicSchoolOptions.org believes that every child, regardless of their zip code or how much money their parents make, deserves the best start in life. We firmly believe that begins with a parent’s ability to choose the school where their child will thrive — whether that’s in a traditional brick and mortar school, public virtual school, charter school, home school, or private school. Every child learns differently, even within the same family. Giving parents options so their child can succeed is critical.
We urge the debate moderator and candidates to discuss important issues facing our children and education system: student-centered accountability systems, equitable funding for schools of choice, and the ability for parents to choose the school that works best for their children.
STATEMENT FROM TILLIE ELVRUM, PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG PRESIDENT, PARENT LEADER AND SCHOOL CHOICE ADVOCATE:
“As the election quickly approaches, the time is now for candidates to lay out their vision for the future of education. We hope that the moderator and candidates will take the time to address this topic, just as they have spent time talking about other issues facing our country. As parents and school choice advocates, we hope that candidates will support all public school options – whether it’s a charter school, traditional brick and mortal school, or a virtual school. And we hope to hear that they will trust parents to make the right decision for their child.”
PublicSchoolOptions.org is a national alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children. The Coalition supports the creation of public school options, including charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, open enrollment policies and other innovative education programs. Additionally, we advocate for equal access without restrictions to these public schools for all children.