Today, Saturday, February 15th, at 12:00pm at Wayland Baptist University, WE NEED YOU to take a stand for SCHOOL CHOICE !
Too often during this public debate on real educational reform in Alaska, the ONLY people who are speaking up are those connected with the Government run public schools and the NEA (the powerful teacher union). They are desperately afraid of any real change. We need ordinary Alaskans to come to the rally today and show your support for stopping discrimination. Discrimination that say to parents unless you have enough money or live in the right neighborhood, you don't deserve real choice in education.
Sen. Anna Fairclough and Rep. Lance Pruitt are hosting a legislative townhall in Anchorage TODAY at Wayland Baptist University (7801 E. 32nd Ave. off of Muldoon) and we've received word that the NEA is planning a big turnout to pressure them into backing off their support of the school choice resolutions (HJR1 and SJR9). We need these legislators to see strong support for real educational reform.
Some signs will be available but feel free to make and bring your own. Wear your bright yellow school choice scarf if you have one. There will be extra there. Bring your kids and other family members. We have to show strong support for school choice in Alaska. Please don't let the powerful public school unions dominate this conversation.
The rally outside will be from 12 o'clock noon until the meeting gets underway (probably about 1pm). Once the meeting begins, feel free to sign up to speak. It can be as simple as, "We appreciate your support of SJR9 and HJR1 and for giving Alaskans an opportunity to vote on this important issue. Thank you." Or, if you feel able, you can speak to the merits of the resolutions. Talking points are listed below. Either way, please come. Again, bring your family, bring your friends, and let our legislators know that Alaskans want an opportunity to vote on this extremely important issue.
SCHOOL CHOICE TALKING POINTS
1. Parents have the responsibility to set a strong educational path for their children, and we ought to give more opportunities for parental choice, not less.
2. The question of school choice is not about private schools versus public schools, but whether parents should have the freedom to choose which school best facilitates their child’s education with the child’s share of public money. We must stand for the educational rights and liberties of all parents and students.
3. Under Alaska’s Constitution, the Legislature is required to maintain a system of public schools open to all our children and free from sectarian control. This will not change. The amendment will allow the legislature to discuss educational opportunities flowing from parental choice.
4. Wealthier Alaskans can always send their kids to private schools, but others cannot – this amendment gives the Legislature the opportunity to consider how all Alaskans could benefit from parental choice.
5. Since Alaska’s constitutional provision was put in place, the United States Supreme Court has affirmed a parent’s right to school choice under what the court calls the “private choice test.” Alaskans should have an opportunity to decide if we want our state constitution to be aligned with the federal precedent.
6. To keep Alaska strong, Gov. Parnell is urging the House and Senate to vigorously debate the provisions of SJR9/HJR1 and move it to the people for a vote so that all Alaskans can participate in a statewide discussion.
7. On this question of how all of Alaska’s parents can have a greater say in their child’s education – it is time legislators let Alaskans decide.
8. The goal of school choice is to promote better public education through competition among government-run and non-government schools. This has been the result of competition in the Lower 48 where school choice programs are operating in 23 states.