Daniel Doherty ---- Townhall
National School Choice Week began yesterday. Here’s why it’s important:
National School Choice Week provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children.
Independently planned by a diverse and growing coalition of individuals, schools, and organizations, National School Choice Week features thousands of unique events and activities across the country. The Week allows participants to advance their own messages of educational opportunity, while uniting with like-minded groups and individuals across the country.
The National School Choice Week official website asserts that some “22 governors and 49 mayors issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week" in 2014. Put another way, nearly half of the nation’s state chief executives last year committed themselves to improving educational outcomes by pushing school choice. And that number may be growing: Governors from as disparate and far-off places asIowa, Nebraska, Georgia, and New Mexico have already publicly affirmed their support for the movement this year.
Such high levels of support across the country suggest that the movement can no longer be ignored (or dismissed) as it reaches more struggling families; indeed, a brand new poll finds public support for the school choice movement is off the charts: