Kevin Chavous on Political Courage

Remember when Kevin Chavous came to Alaska (in the winter!) to speak on education reform? Well, he also traveled to Juneau to present to a joint Senate-House Education/Judiciary hearing.

Remember when Kevin Chavous came to Alaska (in the winter!) to speak on education reform? Well, he also traveled to Juneau to present to a joint Senate-House Education/Judiciary hearing. Kevin spoke about his involvement in the charter school efforts in Washington, DC, his support of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (vouchers), his time on the DC City Council, and the importance of all our children in the education equation.

Kevin has been passionately crusading for America’s children for many years and has recently come to the conclusion that our political system has become increasingly polarized (by political party) at the state level, including Alaska. Here is a quote from his recent Huffington Post article:

But, sadly, the partisanship extends beyond voting. Earlier this year, while testifying and speaking with Alaskan leaders about a proposed educational choice bill, I was standing in the hall of their statehouse speaking with one of the lead Republicans who was sponsoring the proposal. While we were chatting a Democratic legislator stopped to talk with us because he was considering supporting the bill. As the three of us were talking, several other Republican legislators walked by, barely acknowledging us. Later, when I was alone with the Republican sponsoring the bill, he said to me, “You know I am really going to be in trouble with my (Republican) caucus, don’t you?”

“Why is that?” I said.

“Because they saw me talking in the hall publicly with a Democrat.”

Really!

Have we all forgotten about the kids? Why does it always seem that it’s about the adults in the room? What about the children who are falling through the cracks and attend “underperforming” schools? Some of these children belong to a lost generation and will never reach their full potential. It’s time to get courage, it’s time to lead, it’s time to focus only on what’s best for all Alaskan children. What if these kids were yours? To read the entire Kevin Chavous article go to Huffington Post.