Tour De Force

By State Representative Shawnna Bolick

The following guest editorial appeared in the Arizona Republic:

Kids who have been bullied deserve school choice. I know. My daughter was one of them

This newspaper and columnist Laurie Roberts have criticized me for introducing a school choice bill. Their complaints miss the mark.

In the 1990s, I worked in a New York City public high school and had the chance to get to know the inner workings of the country’s largest urban public school system. This experience helped pave the way for my passion to reform education these past 20 years.

It should not be a surprise to anyone that I would be interested in the safety of our kids in our public schools after bearing witness to metal detectors and school resource officers in New York City.

In this instance, safety in our public schools hits closer to home. I am a mother of two teenage public school students. My youngest was not yet a teenager when she was victimized on campus.

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