Public school hashtag during National School Choice Week backfires

Last week we celebrated National School Choice Week. It is an annual opportunity to shine a positive spotlight on all forms of school choice—from traditional public schools, public charter schools and magnet schools, to private schools, religious schools, online schools and home education.

The celebration’s social media campaign elicited numerous positive tweets under the hashtag #SchoolChoiceWeek. In response, it appears, the #ILovePublicSchools Twitter hashtag was scheduled to evoke support for public schools, according to Choice Media. But the top tweets under the #ILovePublicSchools hashtag were just the opposite. See below for a couple of examples. Too many students are stuck in a school system that is failing them. We must do better.