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Rally planned for National School Choice Week

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Eighty-five different events are planned across Mississippi for National School Choice Week. The events are planned to raise awareness about K-12 school choice. Sixteen-thousand-140 events are planned nation wide.

Governor Phil Bryant and the mayors of Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, and Jackson have issued official proclamations recognizing January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week.” 

According to a press release from National School Choice Week, hundreds are expected at the State Capitol Tuesday morning for a rally. The groups says the events in Mississippi, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools, to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups.

According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in Mississippi can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Parents in the Magnolia State can choose from the following education options for their children: traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. In some parts of the state, open enrollment policies allow parents to select the best traditional public school, regardless of where the school is located.

The state also has a program allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to receive scholarships to attend private schools.

Organizers also say National School Choice Week will be the largest celebration of education options in US history.

For more information and to find out about events planned in Mississippi you can visit  www.schoolchoiceweek.com

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