WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States Senate tonight voted unanimously to recognize the week
of January 24-30, 2016 as "National School Choice Week."
This is the second year in a row that the U.S. Senate has recognized
National School Choice Week, which is the largest annual celebration of
opportunity in K-12 education.
The primary sponsor of the resolution was U.S. Senator Tim Scott.
Cosponsors included U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mike Enzi (R-WY),
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Cory
Gardner (R-CO), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Steve Daines
(R-MT), John Cornyn (R-TX), David Vitter (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC),
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), David
Perdue (R-GA), James Lankford (R-OK), and Mike Crapo (R-ID).
The resolution calls on all Americans to celebrate education options for
children and families.
Held from January 24-30, National School Choice Week 2016 features
16,140 events across the country, including rallies and events at 20
state capitol buildings. Thirty-three U.S. governors, along with more
than 240 mayors and county leaders have issued official proclamations
commemorating National School Choice Week in 2016. State legislatures in
Alaska, Delaware, South Carolina, and Michigan have also passed
resolutions recognizing the Week.
"We are honored that the United States Senate has once again designated
the last week in January as National School Choice Week," said Andrew
Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "We are very
grateful for Senator Tim Scott's leadership and persistence in authoring
this resolution and in helping raise awareness -- in a bipartisan way --
about the many important education options that parents have, or want to
be able to have, for their children's education, including traditional
public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private
schools, online academies, and homeschooling."
For more information about National School Choice Week, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.