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I am an advocate because…

Why am I an education activist? Well, where do I start?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been mad about something. Maybe my brother wouldn’t let me have my turn on the video game system or when in high school, my parents wouldn’t let me stay out after 11:00pm on the weekend. More recently, I think I got my fourth parking ticket in six months.

Nothing brings out the activist in me more than the issue of public education. Kids are born pure and good. They deserve the best and brightest in this world, including every opportunity they can dream up. They even deserve opportunities they don’t yet know exist.

Why am I an education activist? Because advocacy brings me back to reality. It’s part of me and it’s part of how I come to terms with things that I consider to be injustices. This is new for me. I didn’t start out thinking of myself as an activist. However, I’ve come to embrace this part of my personality and now—I want to shout it from the rooftops, my Twitter account and my Facebook page.

I’m no expert on the facts, figures and policies that govern our state. However, I’m an expert on my own experiences in the public school system.

I also know there are thousands of people who feel like me in Washington. We have stories. We have experiences. We are experts.

On January 12th, 2013 we are hosting an advocacy training at Highline Community College. Join the League of Education Voters for our 3rd annual advocacy training: Access, Equity and Excellence. You can register here or send me an e-mail: maggie@educationvoters.org.

In the meantime, tell LEV why you’re an advocate. Send us a tweet (use the #LEVActivistTraining hashtag), stop by our Facebook or reply to this post below. Tell us and everyone else why you advocate for better public schools in Washington and we’ll see you January 12th!

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