This Is National School Choice Week

This Is National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week begins today in California and across the country. We spotlight all types of education options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling.

Thousands of students, activists and family members are expected to flood the Texas Capitol lawn Tuesday morning in a sea of signature yellow scarves as the Legislature prepares for a fight on whether to let parents use public money for private school tuition. These events are planned to coincide with National School Choice Week, the largest celebration of opportunity in education in USA history.

Debated for quite some time now, it's been a very controversial issue for a while and proponents have been trying to pass a "school choice" bill for years.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, both supporters of school choice, are expected to speak to participants on Tuesday. "We stand on the verge of the successful nomination of a woman who for the last 28 years has been dedicated to school choice", he said.

Not everyone who traveled here for this rally is 100 percent behind every school choice idea being pitched.

In addition to ensuring greater peace of mind, research has demonstrated that when parents actively choose the schools their children attend, or choose to educate their children in the home, high school graduation rates increase dramatically. This is a rural state that has had school choice for more than a decade, and it's working beautifully.

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This editorial board believes that school choice in and of itself is not a bad thing, but it needs to be done in the right way.

School of Choice applications will be available online at the link above, at local schools and at the District Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano.

"If you block a bill from a vote on school choice, you are blocking the future of that child, of that family, of that American dream", he said to cheers on the south lawn of the Capitol complex.

"When we talk about public education, we don't worry about a district". Public school administrators have said that the grades aren't accurate reflections of their academic performance and see the grades as a way to advance the school choice agenda. Susan Dalager is the director of the school and thinks the education taught to her students is unique to the area.

"The reality is, unless we provide those successful choices for our children, they will go elsewhere", says White.