School Choice Week Kicks Off in California with a Rally at the Capitol Steps

SACRAMENTO – Supporters of school choice – including students, parents, teachers, and community leaders – will Celebrate School Choice Week in California by gathering at the capital on Monday, January 25.

At 10 a.m. on the west steps of the California State Capitol, hundreds of school choice supporters will share their stories about how school choice can make a difference in a student’s life. Families representing traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, homeschooling organizations, and virtual schools will gather together in unified support for educational opportunity.

The celebration is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week (January 24-30, 2016), which will be America’s largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education, with more than 16,000 events being planned.

“This week is an opportunity for parents, students, educators, and advocates to come together in support of educational opportunity for all our children,” said Shirley Ford of Parent Revolution. “We are thrilled to be a part of telling the stories of students for whom choice has made a big difference.”

“We look forward to celebrating the difference that school choice is making in California students’ lives during National School Choice Week,” said Dr. Barbara Duncan, assistant superintendent of Charter Development for Pathways in Education. “Whether a parent chooses a traditional public school, public charter school, magnet school, private school, online academy, or home education, we are convinced that students thrive when they have educational opportunity.”

The celebration is being planned by a diverse group of national and state-based organizations, including Pathways in Education, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Parent Revolution, Reason Foundation, Pacific Research Institute, Students First, California Charter Association, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Crystal Stairs Inc., Parents Advocate League, Options for Youth, Opportunities for Learning, and Stand Up for Great Schools.

Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Through thousands of independently planned events across the country, National School Choice Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices available to children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

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