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January 29, 2014

'School Choice Week' designated this week in Iowa

This week is School Choice Week in Iowa and across the country. More than 30 events are planned across the Hawkeye State, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide.

The Week, which is the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity, gives students, parents, and teachers in Iowa a chance to raise awareness of the different types of educational options available to families in advance of the 2014-2015 school year. Events across the state will include rallies, school fairs, roundtable discussions, open houses, and parent information sessions.

“We know that the school choice movement is growing in Iowa and recent legislation has been evidence that the state government recognizes the value that non-public schools add to the overall educational environment in Iowa,” Darryl De Ruiter, Principal at Pella Christian High School said. “We know our governor is supportive of school choice.”

National School Choice Week spotlights all types of education options for families – including traditional public schools, public magnet schools, charter schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling.

In addition to raising awareness of school choice options in Iowa, the Week also provides students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to call on leaders in Des Moines to expand access to high-quality education environments for children.

“Iowa families know that when parents have the freedom to choose the best schools for their children, great things happen,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Student achievement increases, graduation rates rise, and children are better prepared for real life. Iowa provides families with a diverse array of educational options for their children. Even though the Hawkeye State’s school choice successes don’t get the national attention they deserve, the state has developed a model for providing effective educational opportunity in a largely rural state.”

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