Students need choice: ZIP codes shouldn’t predetermine success

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In the state of Maine you’re more likely to bump into a Democrat or independent than a Republican, so being a black Republican and living in a town that has not elected a Republican state representative in decades, I understand what it’s like to be in the minority. But being in the minority didn’t stand in my way when I ran for public office last November.

As a young black college student from a single-parent family, I had a unique perspective to offer in the political arena. But what people cared about most was my commitment to education. When I ran, advocated for better schools — in my community and for all students. The voters of Old Town agreed “every student matters,” and we should always be diligent in improving our school systems.

That starts with expanding school choice, giving families educational options and giving students access to a quality education. We must advance school choice in all its forms: public schools, charter schools, private schools, parochial schools, homeschooling and online academies.

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