Hundreds attend school choice rally at State Capitol - - Jackson, MS

Hundreds attend school choice rally at State Capitol

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's National School Choice Week.

Hundreds of students, teachers and parents gathered for a rally at the Capitol in Jackson to celebrate school choice in Mississippi.  

“There’s no better time to celebrate the ability of parents to find the right school fit for their child," said Grant Callen of Empower Mississippi. "Every child deserves the opportunity to choose a school that will meet their needs.”

Organizers say the goal is to demonstrate unprecedented support for school choice in the Magnolia State.  It's also an opportunity to let parents and families know the choices they have to educate their children.

Mississippi has several school choice options: public, private, charter, magnet and home schooling.  

Governor Phil Bryant and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves both spoke at the rally in support of protecting and expanding educational choice in our state.

Opponents of school choice argue state-funded vouchers, used to pay tuition to private schools, take too much money away from public schools.

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