MONTGOMERY, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thousands of students, parents, teachers, and community leaders from
around the state will travel to Montgomery for a large rally in support
of National School Choice Week.
On Friday, January 27, at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Renaissance Ballroom,
more than 4,000 attendees are expected to take part in a school choice
celebration, featuring student performances and testimonials from the
families and school leaders who have been most impacted by educational
opportunity in Alabama.
The goal of the event is to raise awareness among parents about school
choice and demonstrate the statewide support for expanding
opportunities. The celebration is timed to coincide with National School
Choice Week (January 22-28, 2017), which will feature more than 21,000
events across the country.
“The number of parents, students, and teachers who have attended this
rally for the past few years demonstrates just how strong grassroots
support for this issue is,” said Lesley Searcy, executive director of
the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund . “National School Choice Week
is an opportunity to bring together families and school leaders from
every corner of education around our ultimate mission: improving the
future of every child through education.”
“The stories students and parents share about how school choice has
changed their lives never cease to amaze me,” said Ryan Cantrell of
Alabama Federation for Children. “Every parent should know how powerful
this opportunity can be, and every leader in our state should hear how
much good school choice does in their communities.”
Event planners include the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, Alabama
Federation for Children, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools,
Business Education Alliance, Business Council of Alabama, Foundation for
Excellence in Education, Public School Options, and local schools from
across the state.
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 more than 21,000
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.