By Eddie Lindsey
For the second week in a row, I walked the halls of the Alabama State House, sharing my family’s school choice story with legislators. It is important to ensure parents like me across the state of Alabama — and even across the country — are empowered to choose the best school option for our children.
The Athens Renaissance School has been a real blessing to my daughter — and best fits her needs. It provides her the flexibility to balance school work with a part-time job. The classes offered through her public virtual school are more varied and challenging than those in our local brick-and-mortar school too.
Last Wednesday, I was one of eight families who attended the Senate Education Committee meeting on Senate Bill 229. A fellow school choice parent, Annie, spoke in support of Senator Dick Brewbaker’s bill, which would allow full funding to follow the student to whichever school they attend AND offer public online classes to students from kindergarten through the twelfth grade.
After the hearing, myself, as well as six other virtual school families, talked with state senators or their staffers about support SB229. We shared how choice has impacted our families — and how we appreciated them trusting parents over bureaucrats.
Just to make sure they hadn’t forgotten our stories, I walked around the seventh floor of the Alabama State House again this past Tuesday, dropping off literature and sharing my family’s experience.
Thankfully, it paid off. Yesterday, our Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 229.