Thousands of Families to Demand Enhanced School Choice in Illinois At Union Station “Whistle Stop” Event – Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:00 pm

Chicago to play key role in National School Choice Week 2013

CHICAGO--()--More than 2,800 Chicagoans will gather at historic Union Station on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to demand enhanced and equitable educational options for families, organizers announced today.

The event will take place at 6:00pm in the station’s Grand Hall and feature remarks from students, teachers and parents, along with speeches by Illinois Network of Charter Schools President Andrew Broy and Catholic Schools Superintendent Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey.

Broy is expected to rally charter parents to support equity in funding for the state’s high-performing public charter sector while McCaughey will focus on the need to provide greater access to private and parochial schools to all children.

The event will mark the fifth stop of National School Choice Week 2013’s cross-country whistle-stop train tour, the National School Choice Week ‘Special,’ which will shine a spotlight on the need to expand access to educational options for all children (

National School Choice Week is comprised of hundreds of organizations, thousands of groups, and millions of Americans dedicated to raising awareness about empowering parents with the ability to choose the best educational environment for their children. These options include high-performing public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling.


-- National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella
-- Illinois Network of Charter Schools President Andrew Broy
-- Catholic Schools Superintendent Sister Mary Paul McCaughey
-- Parents and students who are benefiting from school choice in Illinois


-- Whistle-stop rally calling for advanced educational options for Illinois families
-- Planned by NSCW in cooperation with Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, Democrats For Education Reform and Education Reform Now


-- January 29 at 6:00 pm CST


-- Chicago Union Station


-- This event is open to the press
-- There will be a press riser and mult box
-- No credentials or RSVP required
-- Questions, contact Will Green at

For more information on National School Choice Week and the whistle-stop tour, visit


National School Choice Week
Will Green, 202-577-3938


National School Choice Week
Will Green, 202-577-3938