WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, Independent Women’s Forum joins advocates across the country in celebrating National School Choice Week (January 23-29), a nationwide campaign highlighting the value of letting parents choose the education options best for their children. 

Ginny Gentles, senior fellow at Independent Women’s Forum, said, “Parents across the country should feel confident that they, not the government, are capable of making the education decisions best for their children. Make no mistake, parents, in large part, elected Glenn Youngkin as the next governor of Virginia because they were sick of being told they should accept school closures, lowered academic standards, mask mandates, and controversial curriculum. Virginia parents showed how powerful their voices could be in 2021, and parents across the country will make their opinions heard in 2022.”

Inez Stepman, senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, added, “Twenty twenty-two began with a showdown between the Chicago Teachers Union and parents, with the union putting its wants above the needs of students. This face-off underscores the importance of school choice, giving families the leverage that they oftentimes lack. Between continued school closures and battles over radical lesson content, this school choice week couldn’t come at a more critical time for America’s concerned parents.”

IWF’s “Kids First” storytelling campaign has collected stories from parents and teachers from across the country about the importance of allowing education funding to follow students and giving parents more control and better options when it comes to their children’s education. Check it out here.



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