Parent Voice Oklahoma, Choice Matters Host Online Summit For Oklahoma Parents

Wednesday, January 27th 2021, 4:14 am
By: Jordan Dafnis

The past year has been difficult for parents, teachers and students, and has brought up a lot of tough conversations about what the best and safest learning options are for everyone.

All throughout the week of January 25 through the 29th, Choice Matters and Parent Voice Oklahoma are hosting a virtual summit for parents to hear and discuss different learning options.

Throughout the week they will be discussing a lot of different topics. The Choice Matters program is a parent organization that has been around since before the pandemic. They say their goal is to educate and let Oklahoma parents know what education options are out there and serve as a resource for parents. 

Rachely Hernandez is a community organizer with Choice Matters. She says, “There is a lot of rhetoric in education that can be a little confusing to parents who are not in education. You know things such as tax credit scholarships and bonds and just the verbiage.”

On Wednesday the summit will feature a panel discussion on how COVID is causing parents to become more involved in school reform and other schooling options outside of the traditional realm.

Later this week they plan to talk about how parents have developed a pandemic response and a variety of other topics. 

Hernandez says they want parents to know that whatever trials they may be facing when it comes to their child's education, they are not alone and that they are there to listen and help them navigate.

News 9 did reach out to the Oklahoma Education Association to gather their thoughts on school choice and Alicia Priest the Oklahoma Education Association President responded saying quote, “More than 90 percent of Oklahoma’s families choose public schools. While the pandemic has emphasized how important in-person teaching and learning is, most public schools have offered in-person and distanced learning options to make all families comfortable. In addition, the state’s open transfer laws provide great choices to students from all zip codes.”

If you want to tune into the discussion you can find it on the Oklahoma Parent Power Summit Facebook page. It starts at 6 p.m.