School choice is gaining momentum

Aug 15, 2015 by

A number of Republican incumbent legislators in Mississippi got a rude awakening during primary elections last week, when voters tossed them out of office because of their anti-parental choice positions.

The American Federation for Children, with the help of Empower Mississippi, a pro-educational choice organization, was able to defeat anti-choice Republican incumbents while supporting Democratic legislators backing parental choice.

“School choice is brought to parents… they’re more educated on it,” notes the Federation’s Krista Carney. “We see parents rise up and go to the polls and use their voice to tell elected officials that they support choice and want educational options for their children.”

Carney says school choice is gaining momentum and is going to be an issue in the 2016 elections.

“There are a lot of strong Republican candidates who support school choice, so it’s exciting to kind of have that be elevated and have more of a platform to discuss school choice and educational options as we go into 2016,” she adds.

Chairwoman Betsy DeVos of the Federation sees Mississippi’s elections as a continuation of the education revolution — fueled by parents who are fed up with the status quo and ready to rise up and elect candidates who want to transfer power back into the hands of parents.


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