This week was National School Choice Week, and on Tuesday, over 4,000 students, parents and educators gathered on the steps of our state capitol for the Texas School Choice Rally. Parents and students from charter schools, private schools and home schools all united to celebrate the simple idea that every child deserves an education of their choice.
Our efforts did not go unnoticed by state leaders, either. Dozens of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were in attendance, and Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick gave impassioned speeches on the importance of prioritizing school choice this legislative session.
To quote Governor Abbott directly, “School choice is a civil rights issue, and Texas must ensure that no child is ever stuck in a failing school. Every child across this great state has the right to a quality education, and to attend a school that is best for them.”
While thousands of other school choice events were taking place across Texas this week, tens of thousands were happening across America. Never before has there been so much momentum and enthusiasm across the state and nation for school choice!
The following news clips are proof positive of the enormous momentum we’ve gained since launching our organization last year.
To view the 2017 Texas School Choice Week Celebration video, click here or on the image above.
Austin American-Statesman: Gov. Abbott Pledges to Support School Choice Bill this Session [VIDEO]
Texas Observer: Abbott Calls School Choice a Civil Rights Issue
San Antonio Express- News: Parents, Students Rally for Expanding School Choice
Houston Chronicle: Abbott, Patrick Call for Passage of ‘School Choice’ Bill this Session
KENS 5 (San Antonio): Thousands of School Choice Advocates Expected to Rally at Capitol
Breitbart Texas: Thousands Expected to Rally in Austin for School Choice
Dallas Morning News: Could this be the year for school vouchers in Texas?
Corpus Christi Caller-Times: Abbott, Patrick Make Strong Push for School Vouchers
Houston Chronicle: School Choice Boosters find Allies in Austin