#ParentsSay Twitter Chat Roundup: Their Child, Their Choice

May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

by Caroline Bermudez

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

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 including Colin Powell, Ronald Perelman, Carl Icahn, Patty Stonesifer and Eli Broad. She also assisted with The Chronicle's Philanthropy 50, its annual ranking of America's most generous donors. A proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools, she has a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College.

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