When I was a young girl, I didn’t understand the jargon surrounding school choice. All I knew was that my mom asked permission for me to attend middle school in a neighboring school district. My parents would constantly remind me of the reasoning behind their choice. They were convinced that I would receive a better education in the wealthier county across the bridge from our home, which my local schools were not able to offer me.
My parents did their research, put in the work, and advocated for me to be able to attend strong schools that would prepare me for college. Due to the supportive and rigorous
Assembly Bill 1505 passed yesterday in the State Assembly, much to the disappointment of families present who were advocating for their right to have
No parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school due to the simple fact of it being close to their home. While politicians are attempting to deny families choices in schooling, the misinformation about charter schools continues to be spread as well. Families, constituents, and educators should take the time to educate themselves on the realities of school choice and not the lies being spread in Sacramento in the interest of politics. With more and more anti-charter bills in California, it’s time for all of us to make our voices heard. We cannot stand idle as the future of public education in the state is sabotaged by adults hurting black and brown students and families. The students and families of California deserve the respect and right to make informed choices as to where to send their kids to school without having these choices be limited by adults in politics.
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