By: Sandy Smith
As I pack all the essentials — PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) business cards, #ITrustParents t-shirt, and networking game face — I am excited to share the most important piece of “luggage”: my family’s school choice story. It’s about time to hit the road and represent parents from across the country at the State Policy Network (SPN) Annual Meeting.
Hundreds of folks will descend upon Grand Rapids, Michigan this week to learn about the status of various policy issues, including education. These policy wonks know what’s going on in their states, and their knowledge on education issues complements the efforts of our advocacy-minded parent membership. When you mix strong policy objectives with passionate parents you’ve got a strong recipe for success.
PSO’s table in the exhibit hall will serve as our headquarters, so if you’ll be in attendance, please stop by and say hello. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our grassroots, parent-led organization and connect you with the chapter in your state.
The agenda is packed with great sessions, but I’m especially looking forward to the Friedman Foundation’s break-out on accountability & school choice, National School Choice Week’s break-out on engaging your community, Betsy DeVos’ break-out on competition and choice, and breakfast on Thursday morning featuring Arthur Brooks. I want to connect with folks, and hear how we can continue working together to move school choice forward across the country.
SPN has always served as a great meeting space for conservative think tanks committed to liberty, local government control, and pro-consumer philosophies. I trust that this year will prove, once again, that many state and national organizations across the country agree with our parent empowerment message: #ITrustParents.