More than 1,000 Supporters Plan to Celebrate National School Choice Week at Capitol Rally in Lincoln on 1/28

Support for educational opportunity brings together Governor Ricketts, students, parents, teachers, and community leaders for rally at Nebraska State Capitol

LINCOLN, Neb.--()--More than 1,000 students, parents, and teachers are expected to gather on the Capitol steps on Thursday, January 28, to show their support for educational opportunity.

“School choice can offer hope and a chance to thrive for students who are struggling in the traditional model. I'm excited to be a part of spotlighting that opportunity in Nebraska.”

The rally, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature supporters of school choice from across the state, Governor Ricketts, State Senator Krist, and school leaders from many types of educational options – traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home schools. The program will also feature a performance of the National School Choice Week dance by the S.D. Soldiers Dance Unit.

The goal of the event is to demonstrate unprecedented support for school choice in the Cornhusker State. The celebration is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week (January 24-30, 2016), which will be America’s largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education, with more than 16,000 events being planned.

“Nebraska is passionate about school choice,” said Deb Portz of School Choice Lincoln. “The fact that hundreds of families are celebrating educational opportunity this National School Choice Week demonstrates the momentum this issue has around the state. There’s no better time to examine and expand school choice for Nebraska students than the present.”

“Educate Nebraska is excited to shine a spotlight on school choice in our state this National School Choice Week,” said Katie Linehan of Educate Nebraska. “This celebration offers the opportunity to start conversations across the state about our students’ educational opportunities.”

“At Voice Advocacy Center, we see every day that a one-size-fits-all approach to education doesn't work for every student,” said Clarice Jackson of the LEARN Coalition. “School choice can offer hope and a chance to thrive for students who are struggling in the traditional model. I'm excited to be a part of spotlighting that opportunity in Nebraska.”

Event planners include Platte Institute, School Choice Lincoln, Educate Nebraska, LEARN Coalition, Americans for Prosperity, Nebraska Catholic Conference, Catholic Schools, American Federation for Children, Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association, and Nebraska District LCMS Schools.

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 thousands of 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

Educate Nebraska
Katie Linehan, 402-915-3257
Katie@EducateNebraska.org

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