National School Choice Week 2018

National School Choice Week 2018

 

January 21-27, 2018 celebrates National School Choice Week. While we pause to celebrate the tremendous value and benefits of parent and student choice in education to help ensure that all students have equal access across all communities to the variety of education programs that can help guide them to a successful and productive life, we also recognize that there are an ominous number of opposing forces to school choice that are actively seeking to undermine and eliminate choice, particularly directed against public charter schools. This site goes into great detail about these opposing forces and why. To commemorate National School Choice Week 2018, I have prepared the following two editorial briefs, one that summarizes many of the advantages to school choice entitled “Why Upholding and Defending School Choice is So Critically Important”, and the other that is a call to action to those who strongly believe in school choice to stand up and defend school choice against those who are seeking to eliminate it entitled “The Destructive Forces Opposing School Choice Threaten Parent and Student Freedom and Liberty”.

 

Why Upholding and Defending School Choice Is So Critically Important

CHOICE is synonymous with FREEDOM and FREEDOM with LIBERTY.

Our country is founded upon upholding and defending the individually rooted, universally-based, fundamental rights of We the People to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Founders of our great nation knew that the powers granted to governments and systems must be strictly limited in order for its citizens to exercise their freedom of choice, which is why our government was established to be “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Because when the powers and impositions of government and systems over the people get too overbearing and too invasive, it invariably and inevitably leads to the elimination of individual freedoms and liberties and results in oppression. The absence of choice for the people is OPPRESSION of the people.

So why is upholding and defending choice in education so important? Here are some of the many reasons why:

  1. Choice ensures that the fundamental rights of individuals to our country’s founding principles of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are upheld and defended within our education system.
  2. Children are individuals, not identical sponges on an assembly line. Each and every child has a unique spark of special gifts and talents with great productive potential. Choice ensures that the educational system as a whole addresses students as unique individuals.
  3. Every child’s education journey and path is unique to that child. Choice ensures that the education system embraces diversity, flexibility, and adaptability to be student-focused for the sake of all students’ success.
  4. The education system is entrusted by the people to serve the needs of the people. Parents and students best exercise their voices of satisfaction through their choices. Choice therefore holds the education system accountable to the people it is intended to be serving.
  5. Through choices, those within the education system must strive to provide better quality education programs to both attract and meet the needs of their customers in order to survive. Choice therefore raises the bar of education quality.
  6. Similarly, choice ensures that those within the system are driven to continuously improve and innovate to meet the changing and evolving needs of its customers.
  7. Finally, if we want to move towards social equality in education, we need to ensure that every student has equal access in all communities to the variety of educational choices and opportunities they need in order to succeed. Choice ensures that, directionally, we continue to close the gap toward equal access and opportunity to support education success for all students.

In closing, may this celebration of National Choice Week inspire you to continue to be driven to stand up and defend education choice for the sake of our children, for the sake of our communities, and for the sake of our country. Stay involved, be vigilant, and act now to make a positive difference. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. We all need to stand united and put the needs and interests of our children first. As Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

 

The Destructive Forces Opposing School Choice Threaten Parent and Student Freedom and Liberty

CHOICE is synonymous with FREEDOM. FREEDOM is synonymous with LIBERTY.

Our country is founded upon upholding and defending the individually rooted, universal, fundamental rights of We the People to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Founders of our great nation knew that the powers granted to governments must be strictly limited in order for its citizens to exercise their freedom of choice, which is why our government was established to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Because when the powers and impositions of government over the people get too large and too invasive, it invariably and inevitably leads to the elimination of individual freedoms and liberties and results in oppression. The absence of choice is OPPRESSION.

Yet, even now, in this great country founded upon the rights of individual freedoms and liberties, we are facing an intensifying battle over choice in education. A war is being waged by those in the status quo public education establishment to undermine and eliminate parents’ and students’ freedom to choose any public education option that is outside the absolute control of their district structure establishment. Their motives are all about power, control, and money, and not at all about the best interests of parents and students to choose an education program that best meets their needs. That war is being waged on the surface against your public charter schools because charter schools are proving highly successful. Those waging this war are using their powers and influence, funded by your public tax dollars,

  • to buy the favors of legislators to pass anti-charter school bills;
  • to pay law firms to intimidate with cease and desist letters and frivolously sue public charter schools;
  • to pay law firms to devise unreasonable justifications to deny new charter school petitions from proven successful charter school educators and administrators;
  • and on a multi-million dollar, sinister, negative, and lie-riddled propaganda campaign intended to smear, demonize, and villainize all public charter schools and turn public opinion against them.

Some believe that this battle waged by those in the status quo establishment is simply against charter schools. It is not. Their intent runs much deeper than that. Their purpose is to eliminate altogether any public education choices for parents and students beyond the complete and absolute control of the district establishment. In other words, to reinstate their absolute monopoly over you, the people. That is synonymous with OPPRESSION.

Only you, the people, can stop them. How?

  1. You have the power to vote. Make education choice your top priority. A healthy and prosperous country depends on a well-educated population. Our education system has been declining for decades and failing millions of students annually and we need to draw the line now. Do your due diligence when you go to the polls to vote. Do not simply vote party lines. Vote only for those elected officials and school board members whose positions and track records are pro parent and student choice and pro public charter schools.
  2. You have the power to let your voice be heard. Write letters to your local district superintendents, school board members, and your elected representatives demanding that they support parent and student choices both within their district programs and by authorizing several local public charter schools. Stand up and speak on the importance of choice during public comment at your local school board meetings. Call and visit your local, regional, and state elected officials and demand that they support choice in public education including public charter schools.
  3. You have the power to protest.  Stand up and defend school choice against those who seek to deny and undermine it.
  4. You have the power to get involved. Get involved in your local community parent action committees that help support pro-choice and pro public charter school candidates. Run yourself as a pro-choice candidate for a seat on your local school board to stand up and defend parents and students fundamental rights to public school choice.

This is your call to action. Recognize this battle as a major threat to your fundamental rights as individual citizens to freedom and liberty. Be inspired to be the change you wish to see. Take action now to make a positive difference in the lives of our children and in our communities.

Unions’ Anti-Charter Rhetoric Is Wrong But Effective

Kudos to the LA Daily News Editorial Board for speaking the plain truth about the true intent of the status quo education system’s sinister attempt to demonize public charter schools and undermine school choice, and calling it WRONG!

This editorial validates our position on the voice4choice.org website, that is, that the status quo education system is engaged in a coordinated and systematic attempt to destroy parents’ and students’ fundamental rights to any public school choice that is beyond the status quo system’s absolute, monopolistic control.

We applaud the LA Daily News Editorial Board for calling out this campaign for what it truly is, and strongly encourage parents and students again to ignore this negative propaganda campaign and instead to stand up and defend their fundamental rights to public school choice!

To view this article in its entirety, visit the LA Daily News.

LA County Says Montebello Unified Could Go Broke by 2019

An August 24, 2017 article published by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the Montebello Unified School District is projected to go broke by the end of the 2018-19 school year due to its irresponsible money management. Among the key findings are significant increases in teacher and administrator salaries, costs which are at a level that will be clearly unsustainable in the near future.

Students are pictured in the article expressing their opposition to the district’s fiscal mismanagement. We say, bravo students! Stand up and defend your fundamental rights to a quality public education that puts your needs above all else. You deserve to have the quality education that provides you with the best opportunity for success in life. If your district does not provide it, you have the power to make a better choice. Choose a public charter school!

To read this article in its entirety, visit the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

District Admits Pushing Struggling Students Toward Charters

An August 14, 2017 Voice of San Diego article reports that school districts such as San Diego Unified admittedly are pushing struggling, failing, and under-performing students to enroll in public charter schools. The article goes on to suggest that many school districts are engaged in the same practice. This “student dumping” results in the district’s academic achievement and graduation rates looking much better.

In the face of blatant hypocrisy by the status quo education system by funneling millions of dollars into a coordinated, sinister negative propaganda campaign to demonize public charter schools, while at the same time sending struggling students to public charter schools because these charter schools can better serve the needs of these students, we in the public charter school movement welcome all of these students with open arms and are thrilled to help guide them to the successful life that they so rightly deserve.

To view this article, visit the Voice of San Diego.

A Voice for Choice and the Personalized Learning movement

Welcome to A Voice4Choice and the Personalized Learning movement. I am honored and thrilled to officially launch this very important website as a key resource on behalf of the millions of parents and students who stand united to uphold and defend their fundamental right to choose the public school that they deem will best meet their children’s needs for college, career, and adult readiness. We are a voice to uphold and defend parent and student public school choice, and for the more flexible, students first Personalized Learning model for the growing number of students for whom a rigid, classroom-only model is not a good match for success!

Our country’s founding Declaration of Independence and Constitution guarantee “We the People” the fundamental, inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  These rights, particularly liberty, are currently under relentless attack by some in the status quo education establishment who seek to undermine and destroy parents’ and students’ fundamental right to choose the public school option of their preference. The sinister and self-serving purpose of these representatives of the status quo? Eliminate all public school choices that are beyond the absolute control of the status quo establishment and reassert an absolute monopoly over you, the people. Translation: Destroy real parent and student public school choice! Limit choices to only those that may be absolutely and fully controlled by the status quo education establishment special interests!

Primarily targeted in the ongoing, aggressive and negative propaganda attack campaign by some in the status quo education establishment are public charter schools. Why? Public charter schools represent real public school choice for parents and students. Most public charter schools are public schools of choice that are operated independently as non-profit organizations and are beyond the immediate and absolute control of the status quo education establishment. District-operated public schools, on the other hand, are public schools that students must attend if they reside within the boundaries of each local school district. The vast majority of our United States have intentionally created the public charter school option to enable parents, students, teachers, and communities to have public school alternative options that are operated independently of school districts. Public charter schools have been intentionally created to give parents and students the power of public school choice! Why? Because research study after study after study confirms again and again that from 30-50% of all students in district-operated public schools are either being failed outright, are falling several grade levels behind, or are severely lacking in basic math and communication skills required for 21st century college and career readiness. The truth? This ongoing systemic failure of the status quo education system is an epidemic-level tragedy that is largely being kept secret from the greater public eye.

Millions of parents and students nationwide are taking matters into their own hands and choosing, of their own free will, public charter schools as their preferred public school choice to help successfully guide their children to college, career, and adult readiness. In California alone, the total number of students who have chosen public charter schools has exceeded 600,000, with another 175,000+ on public charter school waiting lists. This mass exodus away from the status quo education establishment threatens the establishment to its very core, as the self-serving motives of absolute power, control, and financial gain (money) over the public education system is what predominantly drives many of those that represent them. It’s time to give the power to choose back to “We the People” and to each of our local communities. Let parents, students, and communities, through their power of liberty and choice, determine which public schools don’t survive and which public schools thrive!

Know those in the status quo education establishment by their actions, not their words. Many pay lip service to the charter school concept, stating repeatedly. “We’re not against charter schools”. Yet, their actions speak volumes otherwise, all revealing a coordinated and sinister plan to demonize, villainize, and delegitimize public charter schools, and to squelch, undermine, and sabotage public charter school growth and expansion everywhere they can. They could instead choose to spend the millions upon millions of public tax dollars they use to attack public charter schools (yes, your tax dollars folks!)  on improving their district-operated schools to try to retain the students they are failing and losing in the first place. Wouldn’t that be a more appropriate way to spend your tax dollars? They simply choose not to, perhaps because it is easier to try to destroy the competition rather than to work hard on improving themselves, or perhaps because they are truly not interested in putting the needs and best interests of students first. You’ll have to ask them. The bottom line? Undermining public charter schools using your public tax dollars is a direct attack against parents’ and students’ and communities’ public school choice, and against parents’ and students’ and communities’ fundamental rights to liberty and freedom.

“We the People” have the power and freedom to stand united and to stop this aggressive assault on the basic rights of freedom and liberty in our country, and to assert the truth that a wide variety of choices in public education, both district-operated and public charter school operated, are essential to ensure more equal access and opportunities for all students in all communities to have a more equal chance to succeed in life, and that these choices are essential to drive higher quality, better academic outcomes, and better prepared students and American citizens for the challenges of 21st century college and career pathways.

If you agree, choose to take action now. Defend your personal, fundamental rights and those that are in the best interests of “We the People” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! We invite you to join our efforts, join other students first and public school choice action groups, or take positive action on your own. It’s time that we all stand united to put students FIRST!