WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Parents from about 100 families will meet with D.C. Councilmembers and
the Mayor’s Office at nine breakfasts and luncheons during National
School Choice Week.
The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 and
Monday, Jan. 30 in the John A. Wilson Building in D.C. Parents and
elected officials will attend ward-based meals to foster conversation
and understanding about education options.
The event, hosted by PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education), will
celebrate National School Choice Week 2017, which runs Jan. 22-28. This
year, PAVE has confirmed events with Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau (Ward
1), Brandon Todd (Ward 4), Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5), Charles Allen (Ward
6), Vince Gray (Ward 7), and Trayon White (Ward 8); At-Large
Councilmember David Grosso; Chairman Phil Mendelson; and Deputy Mayor
for Education, Jennifer Niles.
Last year, PAVE hosted seven events for 45 families, who were thrilled
to have the opportunity to share their stories of school choice with
their local government.
“Last year, National School Choice Week was my first opportunity to sit
with other families in my ward to share my thoughts about school choice
in general and the state of school choice options in my ward,
specifically,” said Erika Harrell, Ward 7 resident and charter school
parent. “I'm excited to be able to again share my thoughts during
National School Choice Week with my recently elected Councilmember, and
to share in fellowship with so many parents from my community who are
passionate about ensuring great school choices for all of our children.”
Like parents, policy makers are also excited to have these opportunities
to extend their engagement with parents and families in the District.
Vince Gray, the Ward 7 Councilmember, who has previously participated in
PAVE events and will be participating in a PAVE NSCW event with Ward 7
parents such as Harrell said, “I am an unwavering advocate for children.
Simply put, I heartily support quality education for all children in our
city. How we educate our children is one of the most important issues
facing the United States today. Education is a vehicle for personal
growth, individual fulfillment, and professional success for the people
of our great country. It is the key to our continued global
competitiveness in an increasingly technologically sophisticated world.
“The public charter school movement has experienced explosive growth
over the past two decades. Charter schools continue to be a vehicle
allowing District parents to exercise freedom of choice in public
education. And since each charter school is autonomous, we have one of
the most diverse array of public education options in the country.”
Councilmember At-Large David Grosso, Chairperson of the Committee on
Education, who participated in PAVE’s NSCW events in 2016 and will be
participating again this year said, “Putting every student in the best
position to succeed is my number one priority on the Council. As chair
of the Committee on Education, I welcome every opportunity to meet with
parents, as they are the best advocate for their children, and active
and involved parents are critical to student achievement. I look forward
to hearing from PAVE and parents of D.C. public charter school students
again during National School Choice Week about how they have found the
right educational option that provides a bright future for their child.”
Additionally, Jennifer Niles, the Deputy Mayor for Education, who is
participating in a PAVE NSCW luncheon said, “I am thrilled to join
parents from across the District as we celebrate National School Choice
Week. This year, I am especially looking forward to hearing about how
our charter school community is providing high-quality education to our
students. I thank Parents Amplifying Voices in Education for providing
families and policymakers with this tremendous opportunity to engage.”
For more information, contact Cathy Zaragoza, PAVE Chief of Staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (310) 871-0447.
As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School
Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options
for students, families, and communities around the country.
For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com,
or visit www.facebook.com/schoolchoiceweek.