AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 4,000 people are expected to march on the capitol in Austin to
show their support for expanding school choice options during National
School Choice Week. Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick
will speak in favor of expanding school choice options along with a host
of parents, students, educators, and elected officials.
The rally is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. on the
south steps of the capitol in Austin. This will be the fifth annual
rally to celebrate National School Choice Week in Texas. Each year the
rally – and the momentum for school choice in Texas – continues to grow
The goal of the rally is to turn the attention of the state toward the
demand for more school choice from every corner of Texas. With 2017
poised to be an important year for expanding education choice options,
the celebration is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week
(January 22-28, 2017), which will feature more than 21,000 events across
the country as well as the legislative session.
“This annual event is a reminder to our legislators that parents in
Texas want more education freedom,” said event organizer Randan
Steinhauser. “The demand for more school choice is widespread and it’s
time for Texas to join the growing number of states that allow parents
the opportunity to choose their child’s education.”
“We are working with organizations and parents representing every type
of school and every type of student,” said Justin Yancy, president of
the Texas Business Leadership Council. “The message of this event is
loud and clear: it's time for more school choice in Texas."
The event is organized by Texas Private Schools Association, Texas
Homeschool Coalition, Texas Charter Schools Association, Texas Public
Policy Foundation, Texas Catholic Conference, ResponsiveEd, Families
Empowered, Public School Options, Aspire Texas, EdChoice, Texans for
Education Opportunity, Americans for Prosperity – Texas, LIBRE
Initiative, The Justice Foundation, Agudath Israel, Texas Business
Leadership Council, Texas Association of Business, Connections Academy,
Institute for Justice, and the Texas Conservative Coalition.
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 more than 21,000
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.