2015 demonstrated that school choice
is growing in popularity by leaps and
bounds, and the concept that parents
deserve more freedom in the education
of their children has become a mainstream cause, something that nobody
can ignore or discount. School choice
and educational opportunity is an unstoppable force that will transform in a
very positive way, the future of education in America.
ROBERT: Do you expect School
Choice Week to grow again in 2016?
ANDREW: I sure hope so! National
School Choice Week started in 2011
with 150 events across the country,
and it has grown so much in just five
years to 11,000 events in 2015. If you
had asked me last year at this time if I
thought we’d see 11,000 events in 2015,
I probably would have laughed and
said, “I wish!” But that’s the best part
of working with a truly grassroots ef-
fort: things ‘take off’ and become very
popular if they are truly authentic and
genuine. And during School Choice
Week, we’ve worked to always spotlight
the real people who matter—kids, par-
ents, and teachers. So, I have faith that
we’ll see a lot of enthusiasm in 2016,
but I’m not going to predict the num-
ber of events we’ll see, because it’s out
of my control! Let’s watch and see what
ROBERT: How can homeschoolers
find out more about School Choice Week?
ANDREW: Homeschoolers can learn
more at schoolchoiceweek.com/home
schools or learn more at the website of
HomeschoolNowUSA.com, which is an
independent site that was set up by supporters of homeschooling to help facilitate homeschooler participation in National School Choice Week.
ROBERT: Do you have any words of
encouragement for homeschoolers?
ANDREW: I want every homeschool
family to feel like they are not only a part
of the school choice movement, but that
they are an essential component of this
movement. Too often, homeschooling
gets ignored or slighted as an important
and vital factor in education reform, but
it shouldn’t be ignored; it should be celebrated. Homeschoolers were and are the
original reformers, parents who made
sacrifices to give their children an education that is personalized and tailored
and high-quality. This is something we,
as a country, absolutely need to celebrate.
To me, homeschooling parents are heroes, and they deserve recognition and
respect. And during National School
Choice Week in 2016, we hope to work
with more and more homeschoolers to
share those stories, so that the American
public at large has an even greater appreciation for the diversity that is the broader school choice community.
Robert Bortins is a homeschooling graduate and CEO of Classical Conversations.
He is passionate that parents can and
should homeschool through high school.
He says if his family can do it, so can
yours! Robert married April Bortins on
March 1st of 2014 and plans to have lots
of children and homeschool them all!
An outspoken advocate for education reform, Andrew Campanella is president
of National School Choice Week. He has
worked to significantly expand the effort’s
impact, from 150 special events in 2011
to 5,500 events in 2014. Andrew owns
Campanella Media & Public Affairs, a
national, Florida-based media and events
strategy firm specializing in education
and economic development. He is also a
member of the Public Relations Society of
America (PRSA) and the International
Association of Business Communicators
Too often, homeschooling gets ignored or slighted as an important and vital
factor in education reform, but it shouldn’t be ignored; it should be celebrated.