U.S. Senate Votes Unanimously to Pass Resolution Recognizing Jan. 24-30, 2016 as “National School Choice Week”

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The United States Senate tonight voted unanimously to recognize the week of January 24-30, 2016 as “National School Choice Week.”

This is the second year in a row that the U.S. Senate has recognized National School Choice Week, which is the largest annual celebration of opportunity in K-12 education.

The primary sponsor of the resolution was U.S. Senator Tim Scott. Cosponsors included U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Cornyn (R-TX), David Vitter (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), David Perdue (R-GA), James Lankford (R-OK), and Mike Crapo (R-ID).

The resolution calls on all Americans to celebrate education options for children and families.

Held from January 24-30, National School Choice Week 2016 features 16,140 events across the country, including rallies and events at 20 state capitol buildings. Thirty-three U.S. governors, along with more than 240 mayors and county leaders have issued official proclamations commemorating National School Choice Week in 2016. State legislatures in Alaska, Delaware, South Carolina, and Michigan have also passed resolutions recognizing the Week.

“We are honored that the United States Senate has once again designated the last week in January as National School Choice Week,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “We are very grateful for Senator Tim Scott’s leadership and persistence in authoring this resolution and in helping raise awareness — in a bipartisan way — about the many important education options that parents have, or want to be able to have, for their children’s education, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling.”

For more information about National School Choice Week, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

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