National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Tour kicked off Friday, in LA where 750 people came out to support school choice. Saturday, the tour stopped in Albuquerque, and now it’s heading for Topeka and Kansas City where they’ll be celebrating the successes of public charter schools, online and digital learning, homeschooling and public school choice in the Show Me State.
Here’s video of a NSCW Whistle Stop Tour “Wave Along” in Trinidad, CO, last night:
There will be a Whistle Stop luncheon in Topeka, TODAY, January 28, 2013 at 11:30am – 1pm at Great Overland Station:
As the National School Choice Week Special makes its way through the midwest, join us as we discuss the historical impact of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision and its lasting impact on educational equality.
In addition to School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella, speakers will also include Lisa Snell, Reason Foundation Director of Education and Child Welfare, and Lisa Graham Keegan, a nationally recognized education reform pioneer who served as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. The event will also feature remarks from parents and students positively benefiting from school choice programs.
Join us in the beautiful Great Hall at Union Station for a huge bash to celebrate National School Choice Week 2013. We’ll be celebrating the successes of public charter schools, online and digital learning, homeschooling and public school choice in the Show Me State. The party is free to attend, and includes appetizers and sodas. There will be a cash bar. Please RSVP to attend. Dress is casual.
We’re excited to welcome several special guests, including the following:
Emcee: James Shuls, Show Me Institute
Andrew Campanella, National School Choice Week
Virginia Walden-Ford- School Choice Activist
Lisa Keegan – Former AZ Superintendent
Joe Trippi – Fox News Analyst and Democratic Strategist
Vonnelle P. Middleton, Superintendent/C.E.O. Hope Academy Charter School
Douglas Thaman, Executive Director, Missouri Charter Public School Association
Emani Brown- Hogan Prep student
Dennis Cooper- Hogan Prep student
Student performance: Della Lamb Elementary Choir
Heidi Lynch and student Alex Lynch (Lawrence Virtual School)
The goal of this tour is to “demonstrate overwhelming support, and demand, for school choice…while shining a positive spotlight on the hundreds of organizations, thousands of schools, and millions of Americans working every day to increase access to great schools in our country.”
If you live in the area of any of these stops – please come out to show your support!
John Gabriel, Freedomworks: National School Choice Week Kicks Off:
National School Choice Week 2013 kicked off Friday night at a packed house in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual event, which this year runs from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, highlights a diverse selection of educational options for all kids. It made sense to launch this year’s effort in Arizona, a pioneer in school choice initiatives.
With more than 7,000 attendees and thousands more watching online, this was the biggest kickoff ever for National School Choice Week. The occasion is just the first of more than 3,500 independently planned special events that will be held across all 50 states.
Much of the crowd was made up of Arizona students who have benefited from the state’s dynamic school choice environment. With the first education reform laws passed in 1994, the Grand Canyon State has lead the nation in empowering parents to choose what’s best for their children’s academic success.
The students enjoyed a 45-minute set by the Jonas Brothers, but also heard from several speakers, including education reform pioneer Lisa Graham Keegan, co-founder of EduPrize Schools JoAnna Curtis, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and several award-winning students.
Video from that kick-off event: