INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 1,000 students, parents, teachers, and community leaders will gather at the Statehouse on Monday, January 25, to celebrate school choice and quality education options in Indiana.
The event, hosted by the Institute for Quality Education (IQE), will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Statehouse north atrium and feature keynote speeches at noon. Governor Mike Pence and Campbell Brown, former CNN anchor and co-founder of The Seventy Four, will be featured at the event.
"Every parent in Indiana wants their child to have the opportunity to succeed, and that begins with ensuring a high-quality education,” said Brown. “School choice provides families with the option to decide what is best for their child’s future, and that is a right everyone deserves. It is an honor to join together with the students, parents, teachers, and advocates in Indiana who fight every day to make school choice their defining cause.”
Student and parent speakers representing traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, homeschooling organizations, and virtual schools will also participate.
The goal of the event is to celebrate educational opportunity in Indiana, and to call on legislators to strengthen the education options available to Indiana families.
The event is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week (January 24-30, 2016), which will be America’s largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education, with more than 16,000 events being held across the country.
“Indiana is on the cutting edge of educational choice for families, and there’s no better time to celebrate that and raise awareness among parents than during National School Choice Week,” said Erin Sweitzer, spokeswoman for IQE. “Hoosier parents have so many quality options for their kids, whether it’s a traditional public school, a public charter school, a private school, or homeschooling, and this event will bring students, teachers, parents, and advocates together to celebrate those options.”
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is also involved in hosting this event.
Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Through thousands of independently planned events across the country, National School Choice Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices available to children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.
IQE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting quality education policies in Indiana. IQE informs legislators of issues facing schools in their community and provides accurate information so Hoosier children have a voice at the Statehouse. While communicating facts about education issues in communities around the state, IQE engages and joins with advocates who want to put kids first and push for education policies that make quality education a reality for all Hoosier students.