Parents and educators expressed their opinions of school choice in a recent #ParentsSay Twitter chat hosted by Education Post with Nina Rees, Rep. Jared Polis and Sharif El-Mekki.
Most Americans favor school choice.
In the latest PDK poll, almost two-thirds support public charter schools and this is true across all racial groups.
In the pro-charter schools camp, there were those who wondered why traditional public schools have to be pitted against charter schools:
A4: enough charter v. Public schools foolishness. #1 goal is about the kids. If charters do it better give us that choice. #ParentsSay
— Mr. Ankrum (@Mr_Ankrum) May 4, 2016
Q5 #parentssay the chrtr v. n'hood skl debate misses the point. Need more quality options.
— Adam Parrott-Sheffer (@adameduc8) May 4, 2016
Those who had to leave the traditional school system and felt good about their decision:
— ThinkingintheGray (@sowhesed) May 5, 2016
And those who make a living organizing parents who fight for school choice:
Defenders of School Failure: I invite you to Watts w me. Lets walk & talk to generations who have been hurt by bad schools. #ParentsSay
— Alma Vivian Marquez (@ImAlmaMarquez) May 4, 2016
The conversation was civil at first, until it wasn’t.
There were those who engaged in hyperbole:
@Ninacharters So if a parent's interest is Neo Nazism, then they should send their child to a school that preaches that?
— Carol Burris (@carolburris) May 4, 2016
There were those who spread myths:
— Fatima Farax (@FatimaFarax) May 4, 2016
And then there were those who hurl insults at people:
— Mary Kathrina (@maz135) May 4, 2016
If that’s not trolling, I don’t know what is.
Trolling is deliberately spreading misinformation.
— n2teaching (@n2teaching) May 5, 2016
But in the end, it’s their child, their choice. Not yours.
— Citizen Stewart (@citizenstewart) May 4, 2016