Does everybody know what time it is? No, not Tool Time. Do I look like Tim Allen to you?
It’s National School Choice Week! This year’s National School Choice Week is a big one, with 16,140 events scheduled around the country, including 318 here in Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper joined 31 other governors and 240 municipal and county leaders from across the country—the mayors of Denver, Aurora, Greeley, Lakewood, Thornton, and county leaders from Sedgwick County among them—in issuing an official proclamation that this week is all about school choice. Awesome.
In keeping with my yearly tradition of using videos to entertain you during this important time rather than relying solely upon my acid wit, we will celebrate here on Ed is Watching by… well, watching some cool videos.
But before you settle in with your popcorn or Sour Patch Kids or whatever tasty snacks education policy nerds eat while watching school choice videos, I have an important announcement: There will be a very big, very fun, and yes, very yellow National School Choice Week rally on the west steps of the Colorado Capitol tomorrow morning (January 28) at 11:30 a.m. Be there, or forever suffer the knowledge that you missed out on great speakers like former Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien and new Colorado Commissioner of Education Rich Crandall, happy kids, and fuzzy yellow scarves.
That’s right. Those who show up to the rally will leave with a bright yellow school choice scarf (or 10) in addition to the the warm, fuzzy feeling of having done something to help get more kids into better schools. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see some protestors. I only hope their signs are as hysterically inaccurate as they were last year.
With that crucial PSA out of the way, I am proud to present National School Choice Week Video-athon 2016. Yes, the dance is mandatory. Enjoy!