Hundreds of School Choice Supporters to Celebrate Educational Options in Colorado at State Capitol Rally on 1/28

Colorado Commissioner of Education Richard Crandall and former Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien confirmed as featured speakers

DENVER--()--More than 500 students, parents, teachers, and community leaders are expected to gather on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday, January 28, to show their support for educational options and opportunities.

“The Colorado League of Charter Schools wants all Colorado students to have access to high-quality school options”

The event, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will include student performances and remarks from a lineup of speakers representing different educational options. Participants include representatives from traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and home education.

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.

The Colorado School Choice Rally will feature special guests, including Education Commissioner Richard Crandall and former Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien.

“Parents Challenge is proud to support Colorado’s families in selecting a school that best equips their children to fulfill their American dreams,” said Deborah Hendrix, executive director of Parents Challenge, a Colorado Springs–based non-profit that provides families with tools and resources to exercise educational choice to achieve academic success. “We look forward to gathering at the Capitol in order to raise awareness about the options parents have and demonstrate the impact school choice can have in a student’s life."

“The Colorado League of Charter Schools wants all Colorado students to have access to high-quality school options,” said Nora E. Flood, president of the Colorado League of Charter Schools. “We are thrilled to be part of this celebration of the many great school options that Colorado has to offer.”

The coalition of Colorado organizations working together to plan this event includes the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Colorado Succeeds, Independence Institute, Parents Challenge,, and The LIBRE Institute.

Supporting partner organizations include A Plus Colorado, ACE Scholarships, America Succeeds, Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families, Great Choice Douglas County, Jeffco Charter School Consortium, Jeffco Students First, One Chance Colorado, Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE), Ready Colorado, Seeds of Hope, and The Challenge Foundation.

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, charter public schools, magnet public schools, innovation public schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.


Colorado League of Charter Schools
Stacy Rader, 303-989-5356, ext. 112

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