DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders will rally in Des
Moines in support of school choice on Tuesday, January 26, organizers
The event, which will take place at 10 a.m. at the Iowa State Historical
Museum, will feature student and parent speakers representing a wide
array of educational options: public schools, private schools,
homeschooling organizations, and virtual schools. Governor Terry
Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will speak in support of
educational options around the state.
The goal of the rally is to celebrate the school choices available to
families in Iowa and to raise awareness among parents about the options
available in their neighborhoods.
The rally 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, featuring more than 16,000 events nationwide.
"We are thrilled to see families representing every type of school
choice, along with our governor and lieutenant governor, come together
in support of school choice,” said Trish Wilger of Iowa Alliance for
Choice in Education. “National School Choice Week is a great opportunity
to celebrate the choices available to parents in our state and raise
awareness about them."
“School choice means student success,” said Tracy Bonday, superintendent
of schools for the Diocese of Des Moines. “School choice is about
finding the school that makes a positive difference in a child’s life,
and there’s no better time to explore those options than National School
Event organizers include Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education, Iowa
Advocates for Choice in Education, Catholic Schools of the Diocese of
Des Moines, Connections Academy, Friedman Foundation, and Foundation for
Excellence in Education.
National School Choice Week (January 24-30, 2016) will be America’s
largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education, featuring more
than 16,000 independently organized events across all 50 states. 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 – from
traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools,
online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.