Austin, TX — Today, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)—the nation’s most active youth liberty organization—announced a nationwide mobilization on behalf of educational freedom in celebration of National School Choice Week, which begins on Sunday, January 22nd. As a $13 million organization, YAL plans to invest significant resources into the effort, mobilizing thousands of student activists and supporting key members of its Hazlitt Coalition as they advance school choice bills in state legislatures.
With YAL’s support, the Hazlitt Coalition—a growing network of more than 320 pro-liberty legislators in over 40 states—will be particularly active in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. In YAL’s home state of Texas, YAL has already knocked hundreds of doors in recent weeks, supporting Sen. Mayes Middleton (R-District 11)—a longtime Hazlitt member—after he introduced SB 176, a school choice bill that would bring educational freedom to every student in the Lone Star State.
In 2023, school choice and educational freedom are two of the top policy priorities for YAL, which aims to make 100 million Americans more free this year alone. To that end, Hazlitt members have already filed hundreds of pieces of pro-liberty legislation, and many will be passed. Last year, the Hazlitt Coalition helped make 91 million Americans more free, supporting parental and student rights in the process. Along with knocking doors, making phone calls, and sending out text messages, YAL students aim to host at least 50 screenings of the 2019 film Miss Virginia across the country during National School Choice Week.
“We are proud to celebrate National School Choice Week with parents, students, and activists around the country,” said YAL Chief Strategy Officer Brendan Steinhauser, a longtime advocate for educational freedom. “The time for school choice is now, and Young Americans for Liberty will be fighting every day to pass school choice bills in state after state this year. We will win many of these battles because our grassroots activists will be knocking on doors and making phone calls to demand that their elected representatives support school choice for all students.”