Coweta Charter Academy students rally for school choice
From SPECIAL REPORTS
Students from Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia made a stand for school choice by attending a rally at the Georgia Capitol during National School Choice Week.
Organizers said the annual rally is aimed at spotlighting the need to expand educational options for all children in the state — including options for charter, home, online and hybrid schools as well as other educational methods.
Hosted by the Center for an Educated Georgia, the rally celebrated the November passage of the Georgia Charter Schools Amendment as proof that parents across the state want more school choice. Georgia legislators were urged to continue to create and fund programs that empower parents to select their children’s schools.
“It highlights the importance of school choice,” said Tiffany Pollock, who is in her first year as principal of the Senoia charter school, which just received a five-year renewal of its charter. “There is an educational setting that’s perfect for every child, and it’s a parent’s right and responsibility to find that best learning environment for their child, whether it’s Coweta Charter, home school or Coweta County Public Schools.”
Pollock – an 18-year educator who has been a teacher and administrator in public and charter elementary and middle schools in Cherokee County, Marietta City Schools and public schools in South Carolina and Columbus – said she was “very pleased” with the November vote.
“It spoke volumes about our area and the state,” said Pollock. “It proves our government and the people are actually for education, and they want that choice to be in the hands of parents.”
Coweta Charter students toured the Capitol and had lunch before heading back to Senoia. Highlights of the trip were exhibits such as the “Two-Headed Cafe” and other animals, and minerals found in Georgia. Visiting the legislative assembly to see how government works and being able to stand behind a representative’s chair also made the day special, students said.
“Our students love our school, and they were so excited about an opportunity like this,” Pollock said. “They had a wonderful time.”
What does school choice mean to students at Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia?
• “I love the fact that I am able to call myself a CCA student. I am proud.” (Josiah Nelson)
• “School choice to me means picking the right school where you can meet new friends and learn.” (Robert Mitchell)
• “School choice means to me having the right to choose your school.” (Dreanna Harris)
• “School choice means so much to me. I have a right to choose my school, we all do. School choice is a huge freedom that each of us have.” (Sophie Leedy)
• “School choice means a lot to me because I don’t want to just go to any school. I want to pick my own school. I’m thankful for school choice. (River Goodman)
• “I think school choice means to pick the school that’s right for you.” (Cody Langley)
• “School choice to me is a better way to live childhood.” (Jude McLaren)
• “School choice means a time to represent our school.” (Jaxson Smoak)
• “School choice means letting you choose what school you want.” (Lucy Tilson)
• “School choice means that me and my parents get to have a say in my education. We have the liberty to choose where my mind can grow. Thank you for school choice. The freedom that I am blessed with has promised me a shining future that every child deserves to have.” (Hope Hazelton)
• “School choice means so much to me. The fact that my parents and me can decide where I’m going. Thank God that I got blessed to be at this school with a good background and my loving friends, that I wouldn’t have, without this school. Thank you for school choice.” (Kylie Grover)
• “School choice means so much to me, because I like going to the school I’m in.” (Matt Gibson)