School Choice Video Contest Announced

Today is the day that official submissions for the Choices in Education video contest can begin being submitted nationwide. Results of the video contest sponsored by the Foundation for Excellence in Education will be used to promote how education freedom and opportunities have made a difference in the lives of children and parents.

The contest deadline is Dec. 1, 2017. Winners will be announced during National School Choice Week Jan. 21-27, 2018. A video can help people understand growing school choice options and their incredible benefits not only in Alabama but also nationwide.

“This is a fantastic chance to educate the public on the real-life benefits of education choice and make a difference for other families in your state and our country who have not had access to the learning environment that best fits their needs,” said Nathan C. Hoffman, Gulf Region Advocacy Director/Gulf Region Legislative Director for ExcelinEd/ExcelinEd in Action.

This wonderful project can highlight great personal stories to inspire others. Oh, yeah, there are also potential financial rewards, up to $15,000.

“It’s simple: Think about how educational choices have made a difference for you and your family, or why you need more educational opportunities in your state,” Hoffman said. “Then film a short video telling that story. Prizes are not based on the quality of the video, but the sincerity and passion of the content.”

The contest is open to students, alumni, or parents of existing public choice, charter, magnet, public school, virtual learning, or home schooling (you must be at least 18) about how educational choice has made a difference in their lives.

While millions are benefitting from the power to choose the best learning environment for their child, there are still more that need access to a wider variety of educational opportunities. The video success stories will be shared with policymakers and media.

Here are some details to be contained in a 45 second to 120 second video or presentation on how educational choice made a difference in my life and why do we need access to educational choice options.

One People’s Choice winner will be chosen through public voting and a panel of judges will select the grand prize winners and finalists. Three Grand Prize finalists will receive a $15,000 cash prize, one People’s Choice finalist will receive a $10,000 cash prize, and three finalists will receive $5,000 cash.

For more information, email Joe Follick with ExcelinEd at