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Voices, Choices, and Second Chances: How to Win the Battle to Bring Opportunity Scholarships to Your State

Recorded on May 26, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Based on the dramatic story and ultimately successful campaign of D.C. Parents for School Choice, this book teaches parents how to fight to free children and their families from failing schools. It equips you to speak out and ultimately provide choice so that the right learning environment can be given to each child. In Voices, Choices, and Second Chances , the story of the D.C. campaign helps you foresee potential pitfalls and capitalize on what really works. You get both instruction and inspiration in this candid, compelling book by parent-leader and school choice advocate Virginia Walden-Ford. This "how to" publication reviews the background needed to speak persuasively about the success of voucher-program students across the U.S. … helps in developing your media messages plus the basic templates for getting those messages heard … discusses strategies for rallying grassroots support and empowering fellow parents to become influential public speakers … provides ideas on fundraising and securing financial support as well as tips for running an effective, volunteer-based organization … addresses tactics for dealing with personal and political attacks … and, finally, offers encouragement for staying the course.