JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers are expected to gather on
the Capitol steps on Tuesday, January 26, to show support for
At 9:30 a.m., families and educators from various schools will come
together to celebrate school choice. Governor Phil Bryant and Lieutenant
Governor Tate Reeves will join grassroots supporters to stand behind
educational opportunity for all students in Mississippi.
The goal of the event is to demonstrate unprecedented support for school
choice in the Magnolia 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 nationwide.
“We look forward to making the most out of National School Choice Week
to raise awareness among Mississippi families about the education
options available to children in our state,” said Grant Callen of
Empower Mississippi. “There’s no better time to celebrate the ability of
parents to find the right school fit for their child.
“This unprecedented event is a great platform for students, parents, and
educators in our state to demonstrate how valuable education options are
to parents in our state. No matter what kind of school a parent chooses,
we gather this month to celebrate their freedom to do so. Every child
deserves the opportunity to choose a school that will meet their needs.”
Event planners include Empower Mississippi, Mississippi First, and the
Mississippi Charter Schools Association.
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.