The public now has the unique opportunity to see and hear American families, adults and children share personal stories about how “choices in education” changed their lives.
Hundreds of families from across the country shared their stories for the “Choices in Education” video contest over the past two months and now the public can vote on the 15 finalists. Their stories are sincere and thoughtful insights into how having the freedom to find the right educational fit for a student’s unique needs can change lives.
Dozens of national and state partners worked together to engage families in creating digital shorts to profile their unique educational path.
Videos from the 15 finalists can be seen at www.ChoicesInEd.org. The public can vote on their favorites through January 2.
The top two most popular videos will receive $5,000 each. Judges from national educational organizations will also select three $15,000 winners and three $5,000 winners. Winners will be announced during National School Choice Week, Jan. 22-26, 2018.
“These wonderful families and students have shared their passion and joy of experiencing the benefits of educational freedom,” said Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd CEO. “Because of the dozens of educational choice programs in states across the nation, millions of students have the opportunity find their right educational fit – whether that is a traditional public school, public charter school, magnet school, private school, blended and virtual learning or homeschool. These students and families are the real experts on education and I urge everyone to watch their stories to feel the life-changing benefits of choices in education.”
ExcelinEd has teamed up with the nation’s leading education groups on this initiative, including: 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, Texans for Education Opportunity and many more.
More than half the states offer programs that empower parents and students to chart their own educational course. For more information on educational opportunity, visit www.www.excelined.org/opportunity.