St. Paul, Minn. (Jan. 26, 2012) St. Paul-area students, parents, teachers and community activists called for increased access to effective schools for children and support for charter schools and other programs at a special rally Thursday.
The event was timed to coincide with National School Choice Week. Local activists spoke all morning at the Minnesota State Capitol to demand enhanced school choice together with students, parents, teachers and community leaders
“With this event, St. Paul residents are sounding a clarion call for enhanced educational options in Minnesota,” said Andrew Campanella, vice president of public affairs for National School Choice Week. “Residents in St. Paul and across the country know that for America to restore its competitiveness, we must dramatically improve the quality of education for all children.”
The event is co-hosted by the Institute for Justice, Minnesota Catholic Conference, Minnesota Independent School Forum, Minnesota Free Market Institute, Center of the American Experiment and Minnesota Business Partnership.
National School Choice Week was Jan. 22-28, 2012 and designed to spotlight the need for effective options for all children, including great public schools, public charter schools, private schools, virtual schools and homeschooling. Planned by a diverse and bipartisan coalition of citizens and organizations from across the country, National School Choice Week will reach hundreds of communities and tens of millions of Americans in 2012.
The week was launched last year to highlight the need to enhance educational options for families across the country. Currently, children in 35 other countries outpace U.S. students, and an American student drops out of school once every 26 seconds.
The Institute for Justice is the nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm. It works to challenge the government when it stands in the way of people trying to earn an honest living, when it unconstitutionally takes away individuals’ property, when bureaucrats instead of parents dictate the education of children and when government stifles speech.