Friday, December 2, 2011

Two-Day HCREO Event Highlights Need for School Choice in Southwest

Elected officials joined education reformers from around the country in thunderous applause, as they took to their feet to cheer a young Arizona Hispanic student after hearing the young scholar's inspiring story.

It was just one of the many moving stories told this week in Arizona, where a two-day conference hosted by one of the most unwavering of school choice allies aimed to address one of the seminal educational problems facing the country.

The event, hosted by the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO), brought together reformers from around the country, elected officials from several states in the Southwestern U.S., and local parents and students eager to discuss how they could all get more involved in providing Hispanic children with educational options.

Representatives in attendance included those from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The lawmakers engaged in round table discussions and presentations about how to best communicate the school choice options available to families, as well as how to expand those options to even more students.

The entire event boded well for the future of school choice prospects in the aforementioned states, as legislators left energized and inspired. In the end, that attitude can only end up benefiting kids in the long run.

Among the non-elected panelists as the conference was our vice chairman, John Kirtley, who spoke and gave a well-received presentation. There were many more highlights from the event, so if you'd like to learn more, visit the HCREO website at

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, NM

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