MONTGOMERY, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thousands of students, parents, teachers, and community leaders
will participate in National School Choice Week by gathering in
Montgomery on Tuesday, January 26.
At 11 a.m. on the south lawn of the Alabama State Capitol, Governor
Robert Bentley, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, and President and
CEO of the Business Council of Alabama William Canary will join more
than 4,000 supporters celebrating educational opportunity in Alabama.
Attendees and speakers will represent all types of educational options –
traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools,
private schools, online academies, and home schools.
The goal of the event is to celebrate the educational opportunity
available in the Yellowhammer State.
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.
“We are extremely excited to celebrate school choice in Alabama this
year,” said Chad Mathis, state chairman of the Alabama Federation for
Children. “With more educational opportunities for parents than ever
before in our state, we have so many great stories to spotlight this
year for National School Choice Week."
“We look forward to raising awareness about the impact that school
choice makes in Alabama,” said Lesley Searcy, executive director of the
Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund. “Whether a student learns best in
a traditional public school, public charter school, magnet school,
private school, online academy, or home school, we want to support their
ability to do so.”
The celebration is being planned by a number of organizations, including
Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, Alabama Federation for Children,
Students First Alabama, Alabama Public Charter School Alliance, Business
Education Alliance, Business Council of Alabama, and Public School
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.