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While there is still a chance.
Just wanted to give everyone an update on last week's URGENT ACTION ALERT asking you to contact potentially wavering Republican House members to encourage them to support parental choice in our kids' education.
The issue is such a slam dunk for Michigan parents and students even the Detroit News jumped on the bandwagon in yesterday's Sunday edition, opining that the "House Should Choose School Choice."
Just two months ago, lawmakers faced lifting the cap on charter schools. They did, after a heated fight. Now, they are mulling whether to expand virtual charter schools. Legislators should not place the interests of the education establishment above families who desire this alternative.
Indeed, and Amen!
Is it really that much to ask our self-described "conservative" lawmakers to put principle above self interest? Probably. So let's marry the two. They're hearing from the Debbie Squires of the world. They need to hear from you, too!
The unofficial word out of Speaker Bolger's office is that a vote on Senate Bill 619 will come this week Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Please take a moment TODAY to contact your own state Representative and encourage him or her to vote YES on SB 619, to stand up to the MEA and to give hope and opportunities to every kid in Michigan.
Last week's action alert identified about a dozen wobbly Republicans. If you haven't reached out to them, please do that as well. About half of the folks on that list have already heard your voice and plan to vote YES. We need them all!
Today you can give them a shout and tie their principles to their self interest.
By JGillman, Section News
Parents across Michigan won a pretty big victory last year when the Republican majority in the state House and Senate successfully passed a package of legislation that expanded educational opportunities for Michigan kids.
The various bills lifted the arbitrary cap on charter schools and empowered parents to pursue the education choices that work best for their kids. As you probably know, two-thirds of the state's charter schools, most in urban districts like Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and - of course - Detroit, have waiting lists a mile long as parents demand more choices and better results for their children.
Despite the major advances and the fact that lawmakers listened to parents late last year, 2012 is an election year and some members of the state House Republican majority are worried about raising the ire of the MEA and their teacher union cronies.
Keep reading. (below the fold)
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From the you gotta see-it-to-believe-it Dept.
Dontcha LOVE professional bureaucrats?
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I have posted a few things about school choice in the past. One of the "choices" that if allowed is more options in virtual schooling.
Choice is good. Imagine the possibilities. Better control of your child's education, maximizing their potential by matching them with whatever works best.
SB619 will open the door to more possibilities to those on waiting lists.
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