LANSING, Mich., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2015, almost one of every five Michigan students will use choice in selecting his or her public school, either by attending a charter school or by participating in the Schools of Choice program. In the past two decades, school choice has helped hundreds of thousands of Michigan families access the best school for their children.
On Tuesday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m., legislative leaders and education stakeholders from across the Wolverine State will gather at a special event to celebrate the fact that families have access to many forms of school choice. The event is planned to coincide with National School Choice Week (January 25-31, 2015).
Representative Harvey Santana, D-Detroit, and Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, will discuss the importance of empowering families, and the positive impact of school choice in Michigan.
Representative Santana and Senator Pavolov will join award-winning education filmmaker Bob Bowdon for a screening of Bowdon's 2014 documentary short "The Ticket: The Many Faces of School Choice," which provides a closer look at the unique and distinctive education options available to students and parents in different states across the country.
Following the screening and discussion, students, parents, teachers and supporters will gather at the Capitol Rotunda for a student choir performance. Public charter schools from across the state will perform in the rotunda until 1:00 p.m.
The event is planned by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies and the Great Lakes Education Project in partnership with Choice Media, Inc.
"School choice has helped hundreds of thousands of Michigan parents and students access an effective school that is responsive to their needs. There is no 'one-size-fits-all' model that works for everyone. School choice enables students to find the school that works best for them," said Audrey Spalding, education policy director of the Mackinac Center.
"We're excited to bring 'The Ticket,' and a robust discussion of school choice, to the Wolverine State," Bowdon said. "National School Choice Week provides a unique opportunity, every year, to shine a positive spotlight on the need for, and benefits of, educational choice. That's exactly what we'll do at this event."
Celebrated every year in January, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on all types of effective education options for children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and home schooling. The celebration is nonpartisan and nonpolitical. National School Choice Week 2015 will feature a history-making 11,000 independently planned and independently funded events across all 50 states.
For more information, contact:
Ted O'Neil, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
[email protected] or 989-631-0900
SOURCE National School Choice Week