LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders from traditional
public, public charter, magnet, online, private, and home schools will
gather at the Capitol to celebrate opportunity in education on Thursday,
The event, which will begin at 11 am in the second floor rotunda of the
Arkansas State Capitol, will feature remarks by Virginia Walden Ford,
along with parents, students, and leaders representing all the K-12
educational options available to Arkansas parents.
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.
“The Reform Alliance is honored to join with families and organizations
around the country in spotlighting school choice this week,” said Sarah
Collins Linam of The Reform Alliance. “We welcome the opportunity to
celebrate the unique potential of Arkansas students and the educational
choices their parents can make."
“National School Choice Week is not only a great opportunity to
celebrate the options parents in our state have,” said Linam. “It’s also
a platform to raise awareness among parents about the options available
to them, of which they may not even be aware.”
Planners of the event include the Walton Family Foundation, Advance
Arkansas Institute, Americans for Prosperity – Arkansas, A+ Arkansas,
and Arkansas Parent Network. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
is excited to be participating in the event.
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.