By John McClaughry
Last week Gov. Phil Scott issued an executive proclamation recognizing this week as National School Choice Week.
Its key clauses were “it is important for parents in Vermont to explore and identify the best education options available to their children; and research demonstrates providing children with multiple education options improves academic performance; and School Choice Week is a national celebration recognized by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and community leaders for the purpose of raising public awareness of the importance of effective education options for children.
Now, therefore, I Philip B. Scott, Governor, hereby proclaim January 23-29, 2022 as VERMONT SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK.”
On Friday this week there will be a rally for school choice — at the Vermont State House and at the Capitol Plaza across the street — of hundreds of friends of parental choice in education, at a time when a majority of the Legislature seems hell-bent on stamping out as much parental choice as possible.
The groups will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Capitol Plaza — there’s parking out back — and walk to the State House to meet with legislators. At 11:00 a.m. there will be a photo and press briefing, followed by a luncheon at the Capitol Plaza with a nationally known speaker. The lunch is free but you need to register with EdWatch Vermont organizer Brad Ferland at email@example.com.
This will be an excellent opportunity to enroll in a movement to benefit Vermont’s parents and kids.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.