“Isn’t it time education is about the children?” This is the question posed by Beverly Elliott, vice president of TEA for Education, a group whose mission is to transform education by moving away from bloated bureaucracy and enacting true parental choice.
A North Carolina native, Elliott grew up with a love for history and often volunteered for local candidates, determined not to idly sit by. She gained political experience as a District Representative for Congressman Charles Taylor where she worked to “make government accountable to the people.” After taking a short break, Elliott jumped back into politics by joining the Haywood County 912 Project, which works to promote fiscally sound government, and now serves as event coordinator and co-chair.
After the 2010 elections, Elliott was approached by Bruce Gardner, 912 Project co-founder, with an idea of using the Tea Party’s influence to promote school choice.
“Our primary goal is to direct the focus away from adult-centered bureaucracy into a child-based system,” Elliott said.
The group quickly got to work organizing a volunteer task force, conducting educational presentations, and contacting state legislators in Raleigh. Their most notable accomplishment to date is working to get the state charter school cap lifted this session.
“When parents are free to choose, no longer is the educational monopoly the only player on the field. Every child is allowed to receive a quality education that will allow them a more equitable future,” she explained.
Follow TEA for Education at: www.teaforeducation.org