In celebration of National School Choice Week, ExcelinEd proudly joins more than a dozen partners to announce the winners of the “Choices in Education” video competition. Selected from hundreds of inspiring stories, these seven winners exemplify a variety of school choice options and show us why access to more educational opportunity is life changing.
- Grand Prize winner Christopher Collot of Miami, Florida chose a public charter school for his son Jayden to attend, where he is thriving both academically and socially.
- Grand Prize winner Cabral Clements of Atlanta, Georgia attended an arts and sciences public charter school out of district to grow his creative talent as a film student.
- Grand Prize winner The Fife Family of Brunswick, Ohio are the recipients of the Ohio Autism Scholarship, which helped them send their son, Paul, to a private school that specializes in language development, and receive occupational therapy and additional speech therapy in their home.
- Runner-Up David McGuire of Indianapolis, Indiana was a boy when his mother lied about her address so he could go to a school that would better serve him. Today, he serves as a principal at a public charter school in Indianapolis, ensuring more students have access to school choice options.
- Runner-Up The Taylor Family of Chandler, Arizona receives a tax-credit scholarship, which provides financial assistance for tuition and therapy services for their son, Alex, who is diagnosed with dyslexia.
- Runner-Up and People’s Choice winner Sarah Kleipe of Asheboro, North Carolina has been searching for a learning environment to meet the needs of her son, Aiden, who was diagnosed with autism. She looks forward to participating in North Carolina’s Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities.
- People’s Choice winner Damacia Howard of Union City, Georgia attends an online public charter high school after being bullied in her previous school environment.
Single parents, rural families, parents of children with special needs and many more shared their stories through the competition. In only two minutes each, these individuals and families conveyed their touching and personal experiences – a true testament to the benefits of educational choice to families across the country. I encourage you to visit www.ChoicesinEd.org/Finalists to see all of the finalists’ stories and stay tuned as we share even more stories in the coming weeks and months. Our sincerest thanks to all who participated!
Thank you to our national and in-state partners who supported this initiative and made it a success: Agudath Israel, American Federation for Children, Arizona School Choice Trust, Center for Education Reform, Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Classical Conversations, EdChoice, EdChoice Kentucky, Florida Parent Network, Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, Institute for Quality Education, Missouri Charter Public School Association, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Public School Options.org, School Choice Ohio, School Choice for Oregon, Step Up for Students and Texans for Education Opportunity.
Whether choosing a magnet school, public charter school, private school, virtual or blended learning school or homeschool, all families deserve the freedom to select the learning environment that best fits the needs of their child, regardless of their ZIP code or background.
We look forward to a great week celebrating educational freedom and hope you will join us on Twitter @ExcelinEd or #schoolchoice, as well as Facebook where we will broadcast live from several events throughout the country – all to highlight powerful stories of choice and opportunity.
About the author
Patricia Levesque @levesquepat
Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation. Previously, Patricia served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy. Contact Patricia at PatriciaLevesque@excelined.org