WASHINGTON, D.C. | January 28, 2016
This week marks the 5th annual National School Choice Week
, a time for students, parents, teachers, local leaders, and policymakers to celebrate how school choice is paving the way toward a brighter future for millions of students. The numbers speak for themselves:
- 100,000 students graduate from home schools each year.
- 1,000,000 students participate in private school choice programs.
- 3,000,000 students attend public charter schools
- 95 percent of magnet schools close the achievement gap.
- 69 percent of Americans support school choice programs.
- 25 straight years of increasing enrollment in school choice programs.
By empowering parents with alternative educational options, school choice is playing a vital role in helping children escape underperforming schools and access a quality education. And states and local communities remain at the forefront of this effort:
To support these efforts and further extend the promise of school choice to students and families, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new law includes several important reforms that:
As Americans celebrate National School Choice Week, it’s important to continue looking for opportunities to support and encourage school choice efforts that help children – regardless of background, income, or circumstances – receive the education they deserve.
NOTE: The Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing next week to examine how state and communities are working to expand educational opportunity through school choice. For more information about the hearing, click here.
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