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January 5, 2014

Americans prepare to support school choice

National School Choice Week 2014 is nation’s largest-ever series of education-related events

DUNCAN — Millions of Americans will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins on Jan. 26.

The week will include an unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states, with a goal of increasing public awareness of the importance of empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children.

National School Choice Week events will be independently-planned and independently-funded by schools, organizations, individuals and coalitions. Events include rallies, roundtable discussions, school fairs, parent information sessions, movie screenings, and more.

This will focus on a variety of school choice issues important to families in local communities, including open enrollment policies in traditional public schools, public charter and magnet schools, private school choice programs, online learning, and homeschooling.

“During National School Choice Week, millions of Americans will hear the uplifting and transformational stories of students, parents, teachers, and school leaders who are benefiting from a variety of different school choice programs and policies across America,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

“Our hope is that by letting more people know about the successes of school choice where it exists, more parents will become aware of the educational opportunities available to their families.”

Organizers said that National School Choice Week also provides a platform for families to demand greater educational options for their children in areas that don’t provide enough educational choices.

“During the Week, Americans from all backgrounds and ideologies will celebrate school choice where it exists and demand it where it does not,” Campanella said.

“National School Choice Week will be the nation’s largest-ever series of education-related events, which is testament to the incredible levels of support that exist for educational opportunity in America.”

National School Choice Week will be nonpartisan and nonpolitical. In addition to independently-planned events, the Week will feature a cross-country whistle-stop train and motor coach tour designed to galvanize greater public support for all types of educational choice.

The tour will begin in Newark on Jan. 22 and make stops in Philadelphia, the District of Columbia, Charlotte, Columbia, Augusta, Birmingham, Jackson, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Tucson, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

National School Choice Week began in 2011 as an independent, grassroots-led effort. The movement has grown from 150 events in 2011 to a confirmed 5,500 events planned for 2014.

For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

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