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: https://twitter.com/Mr_Ankrum/status/727952613191331841 https://twitter.com/adameduc8/status/727952250736287744 Those who had to leave the traditional school system and felt good about their decision: https://twitter.com/sowhesed/status/728092676344582147 And those who make a living organizing parents who fight for school choice: https://twitter.com/ImAlmaMarquez/status/727952898210963456 The conversation was civil at first, until it wasn’t. There were those who engaged in hyperbole: https://twitter.com/carolburris/status/727943988477624320 There were those who spread myths: https://twitter.com/FatimaFarax/status/727941342232489984 And then there were those who hurl insults at people: https://twitter.com/maz135/status/728003000560652289 If that’s not trolling, I don’t know what is. Trolling is deliberately spreading misinformation. https://twitter.com/n2teaching/status/728171669731213313 But in the end, it’s their child, their choice. Not yours. https://twitter.com/citizenstewart/status/727955620477870080
Caroline Bermudez is chief storyteller at the Charter School Growth Fund and former senior writer at Education Post. Bermudez has been a journalist for almost 10 years. She was staff editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, covering the nonprofit world, with a particular focus on foundations and high net-worth giving. She has interviewed prominent business, political and philanthropic leaders ...