UPDATE: Hundreds of Students and Governor Scott Rally for School Choice in Montpelier

Parents, students, and teachers across the state will be joined by Governor Scott and Kevin P. Chavous

MONTPELIER, Vt.--()--Hundreds of students from schools around the state will head to the State House to show the strength of support for school choice in Vermont, alongside Governor Scott and Kevin P. Chavous, a leading education reform advocate.

“We look forward to gathering with families from across Vermont in a unified celebration of opportunity in education. School choice is a proud Vermont tradition and policy since 1869.”

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12:00pm students, educators, parents and supporters will gather at the Capitol Plaza and the Vermont Statehouse. Students from all over the state will represent what school choice has offered them to legislators and other state leaders. A speaking program featuring Governor Phil Scott and school choice advocate Kevin P. Chavous will begin at 12:15pm.

The goal of the event is to demonstrate the strong support for increasing the educational opportunities available to Vermont students and celebrate the great schools that many have already chosen. 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.

“With much of the nation and Vermont’s attention turned to school choice in recent days, there’s no better time to show just how much Vermonters support protecting the school choice we have and expanding it,” said Brad Ferland, local activist. “We look forward to gathering with families from across Vermont in a unified celebration of opportunity in education. School choice is a proud Vermont tradition and policy since 1869.”

“As the first state in the nation to have a school choice program, we have a lot to be proud of during National School Choice Week,” said Asher Crispe of Vermont Future Now. “We hope to highlight how important school choice has been and continues to be to educating the next generation. We can never forget that the focus is our youth and their successful journey. School choice is a tool that offers this hope.”

The event is organized by a coalition of citizens, stakeholder groups, schools and students. It has by-partisan support from Vermonters across the state.

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.

Contacts

Vermont Future Now
Asher Crispe, 610-731-1504
ashercrispe@gmail.com

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