Write a Letter to the Editor

By: National School Choice Week Team

If school choice has impacted you or your child, one of the ways you can raise awareness about opportunity in education is by telling your own story. Writing a letter to your local newspaper is one great way to do that. In fact, your letter might help a mom find a safer school option for a child who is being bullied. Or, it might spark a conversation between a dad and his daughter about what she likes about school and what she dreams to do in the future.

A letter to the editor is a short (250 words or less) contribution to a newspaper. It’s a way of adding to local conversation about an important issue by sharing your perspective.

We’ve offered some sample letters to the editor about school choice below to get creative juices flowing. But, the more you personalize your letter – how does school choice affect your city, your school, your family? – the more likely your paper will be to publish it and share your story with others.

After writing your letter, you can simply email it to the editor at your local newspaper. If you’d like help proofreading your letter or are unsure who to send your letter to, email pressoffice@schoolchoiceweek.com and we’ll do our best to help!   

 

 

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Letter to the Editor – From a Parent

Dear Editor,

I want to give a shoutout to all teachers in the Tallahassee area this National School Choice Week. The past year has been a tough one for families and schools across Florida. As National School Choice Week begins, it’s more important than ever to pause and express our gratitude for educational opportunities. 

We as parents are lucky to have choices. We are lucky to be able to give our children safe learning environments where they develop friendships and feel they belong. We are grateful for hard-working teachers who partner with us and inspire our children. We are proud to have different schools to choose from, because our children are unique. We are lucky, grateful, and proud—and we know that we still need to speak up for more affordable options, so that no mom or dad feels like their child is stuck.

Last year, we experienced what it was like to have some of our choices taken away, when we didn’t have access to our school buildings and normal school schedule. Tough as the experience was, we can move forward more aware of how precious our choices are and hard-working our teachers are. This National School Choice Week, I’ll be thanking my child’s teachers and staff for their work and sharing on social media why I’m grateful for my school choice. I hope you’ll join me in doing the same! 

Sincerely,

Name, City

Email or Phone Number

 

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Letter to the Editor – From a Student

Dear Editor,

Right now, millions of teachers, parents, and students like me are gearing up for National School Choice Week, which runs from January 24th through 30th.

The Week is about recognizing how big an impact school has on students. Every student deserves a learning environment where he or she isn’t bullied, bored, or unhappy. The steps we take today can make diverse learning options more accessible, so students can choose a school where they are comfortable and able to learn. Whether we take the time to do that will shape the future I and my peers step into.   

I’m grateful to attend a school where I’m challenged and supported, where school is almost like a second home. So, I’m taking time this Week to say thank you to the teachers who have inspired me. I’m also taking time to express gratitude that my family had different options to choose from to meet my needs. Students are different, and a “great school fit” for me looks different than it does for some of my friends.  

As National School Choice Week is celebrated in Kentucky, I challenge students and teachers to share what makes their school unique, and why they value having a choice.   

Sincerely,

Name, City

Email or Phone Number

 

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Letter to the Editor – From an Educator

This January 24 – 30 is National School Choice Week – Here’s why I’ll be participating and how you might consider participating too.

As a teacher at Hemingway High School, I know that a single type of school can’t meet every child’s needs. I love my school and know for a fact that it helps many students thrive. But others thrive in a smaller classroom, or a school with a different curriculum or extracurricular offerings. 

I support choices in education because when kids get the customized education they need, communities are built up. In fact, studies have found that, where other school choices are introduced, student outcomes in traditional public schools improve.

I’ll be participating in National School Choice Week because I want every child to have the best shot at success in learning and life. 

I invite you to join me, and want to wrap up with three simple ways you could participate in the Week: 

  Show appreciation for what makes your school unique: Volunteer at school or thank a teacher!

  Have a conversation with your child about what they like about school and what they wish was different.

  Learn more about educational choices in your state at schoolchoiceweek.com/state-guides/.

Sincerely,

Name, City

Email or Phone Number

 

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