Bloggers and citizen journalists descend on Denver to Amplify School Choice

School choice is much more than a policy issue or a political football. For millions of students and their families, it’s a gateway to a better future. This was abundantly clear at the Amplify School Choice Conference, hosted by the Franklin Center earlier this month.  Over 50 bloggers and citizen journalists joined us in Denver to learn from the city’s success with school choice and to take those ideas back to their communities across the country. “I have a long list of potential topics for investigation and reporting thanks to the information presented at the conference,” said Tom Balek, who blogs at Rockin’ on the Right Side. “The conference also helped to shape my advocacy.” On day one of the conference, attendees heard from a variety of speakers including Pamela Benigno and Ross Izard of the Independence Institute and political figures like State Rep. Angela Williams and State Sen. Kevin Lundberg. In the afternoon, they were treated to informative talks from Ben Scafidi, a leading school choice economist with EdChoice and Kennesaw State University, and Tim Keller, one of America’s foremost school choice litigators with the Institute for Justice. “The selection of speakers was great,” said Jim Shaw of Third Base Politics in Ohio.   That evening at the Amplify School Choice Gala, Franklin Center’s president Nicole Neily addressed the audience, and EdChoice president Robert Enlow gave the keynote address. The informative lectures and panel discussions gave everyone in attendance…

School Choice Week - 2016

Join the National School Choice Thunderclap!

Support National School Choice Week with one click – Join the National School Choice Thunderclap! Social media is a wonderful way to spread the word. However, in the fast-paced world of your social media stream, it can be difficult to be heard. Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform that helps us SHOUT our message by saying it at the same time. Our message will be shared, flash mob-style! It only takes a few seconds to schedule a supporting tweet by clicking ‘support with Twitter’ at  SchoolChoiceWeek.com/tweet You will be tweeting out this post one-time to your account on January 27 at 2:30PM EST. “Join me in celebrating #SchoolChoice Week, because every child deserves a chance at the American Dream. http://thndr.me/eisvSx”


Tweet for #SchoolChoice

Mark your calendars for this year’s National School Choice Week Tweet Up! Let’s elevate the #SchoolChoice message this year. The Tweet Up is an easy way to bring awareness to this important issue, engage your local social media influencers, and converse with national education activists and writers. How do you join the Tweet Up? Sign up for Thunderclap to pre-load your first tweet. Launch the tweet up with hundreds of friends around the country at the same time! Tweet using the hashtag #SchoolChoice from 2:30-3:30PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 27. Host an event with social media influencers at your office, a bar or restaurant and tweettogether to raise awareness.* Spread the word! Tweet about the event all week and ask your network to join. *If you plan to tweet from 2:30-3:30PM, @StatePolicy would love to give you a shout-out and cross promote your work. Please send me your Twitter handle and we will try to retweet you! Sample Tweets: –Here’s how #SchoolChoice changed Madison Ott’s life. http://bit.ly/1SmRQhS @BeaconTN –Retweet if you agree – every kid deserves to have an education that meets his or her unique needs! #SchoolChoice http://bit.ly/1Ow4JVf  –Here’s what #schoolchoice means for [INSERT STATE] kids! [INSERT RESEARCH LINK] [INSERT TWITTER HANDLE] Planning to host a local event during the TweetUp? Mashable has some great tips:http://mashable.com/2009/02/25/tweetup/. Let’s get #SchoolChoice trending!