Did you know that there is a National School Choice Week? Well, I missed it. It was last week. I finally got around to looking at another useless email from my congressman this morning.
This week is National School Choice Week; a week dedicated to ensuring every child receives an effective, challenging, and inspiring education. During the week, people from all across the country are raising public awareness to the different K-12 options available to families—after all, every child is unique and what works for some may not work for others.
As the husband of an elementary school teacher, I am a strong supporter of public education. However, I am also in favor of an all-the-above approach to education. School choice options such as vouchers, education savings accounts, and charter schools can and should be options for states and localities to pursue. They can provide an alternative avenue for students in underperforming schools. Just because a child resides within a certain zip code, does not mean they should be subjected to an education system that is not meeting high standards. Choice in education should not be limited to where one lives, but where one wants to go in life.
To find out about the different schooling options available within the Commonwealth of Virginia please click here.
Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House—especially if it concerns education.
It’s an honor to serve you and Virginia’s First District in the People’s House.
From a practical point-of-view, I suppose Wittman’s “position” (in favor of whatever) is harmless, but it would help to know how he wants to spend our money.
So why will I probably end up supporting Rob Wittman? The other guy is worse, of course. Because he comes across to most people as friendly, well-spoken, and reasonable (or at least harmless), Wittman will get the Republican nomination again. If he was going to get a credible Republican challenger, that challenger would already have announced.
Democrats, however, don’t want harmless. Democrats are eager to take on Wittman. Here is an article on the Democrats who are currently lining up to take on Wittman.
I missed this the other day, but one Democratic candidate in VA-01 (Tom Hicks) has dropped out and endorsed another candidate, John Suddarth (see press release below). First, here’s Hicks’ statement on dropping out of the race. The other Democrats vying for the nomination to take on Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA01) are: Edwin Santana, Ryan Sawyers and Vangie Williams. Also note that Tom Perriello earlier this month endorsed Ryan Sawyers; see below for the video of that. (continued here)
Ryan Sawyers is currently the Chairman of the Prince William County School Board, and he has arguably been running for congress ever since he was elected as Chairman of the School Board. Since Democrats seem to be nominating the most radical people they can find and has demonstrated the capacity to win elected office, I suppose that means Ryan is most likely to get their nomination.
Check Sawyers out. The alternative is definitely worse.
- Newsmakers of 2017: Sawyers says his controversial year as school board chair was about getting things done (fauquier.com): This article makes it sound suing anyone and everyone is a good thing. Check what google news returns on ryan sawyers prince william county.
- Ryan Sawyers recall, Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia (2018) (ballotpedia.org): Here is an alternative view.
- Recall Ryan Sawyers (recallsawyers.com): This website includes a video of the heavy-handed way the guy runs a meeting.