The short history of Hispanics for School Choice
A group of Hispanic parents’ realized that Milwaukee’s Hispanic community was missing an incredible opportunity. These parents realized that many of their peers were unaware that choice and charter programs existed to help families choose a school for their children. They found that not only did many families not know that the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the oldest and largest private school voucher program in the county, existed, those who did had little to no clue the constant attacks the program was facing in the legislature. They began to rally their peers, helping them understand the forces that were consistently trying to weaken the program, and how those in elected office needed grassroots support for the program to flourish.
This motivation and leadership was funneled into what we now know as Hispanics for School Choice. HSC was formed with the belief that education is the single most important, unifying issue among various Hispanic communities in Wisconsin, as Hispanics overwhelmingly support educational choice in all it’s forms: traditional public schools, private schools, charter schools, virtual schools, and home schooling. HSC serves and supports Hispanic families through informing and advocating on education opportunities that break down barriers to success.
In the fall of 2012, the founding board members approached Jason Crye about taking the organization to the next level as the organization’s first Executive Director. Under the leadership of the board and executive director, HSC has worked to accomplish the mission through a grassroots effort of informing and organizing leaders in Hispanic communities and collaborating with similar organizations to achieve common goals. Additionally, HSC works to form strong relationships with our elected representatives to ensure that the Hispanic voice becomes an equal partner in the conversation.
This advocacy came to the forefront during Gov. Scott Walker’s first budget year, when the fight to expand the Parental Choice Program to Racine was in play. HSC was instrumental in organizing grassroots support to rally around supporting the program’s expansion.
HSC consistently proves the impact a group of concerned Hispanic parents can have for not only their children but also children in their community and state. HSC is not just an organization for those with Hispanic heritage, but is open to working with anyone who would like to advocate for educational options on behalf of the children and parents of Wisconsin.