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National Choice Week promotes quality education
National Choice Week promotes quality education

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As the events of National School Choice Week (www.schoolchoiceweek.com) unfold, thousands of people across the country are expected to attend events and raise awareness for education reform.

Events are planned in all fifty states and participants are expected to include national and state lawmakers, media personalities, and celebrities.

National School Choice Week, a collaborative effort by more than 150 organizations, is designed to raise public awareness about education choice, including public charter schools and virtual education. Nationwide events to promote school choice will include movie screenings, rallies, town hall meetings, panel discussions, and briefings for elected officials.

Various commemorations are being held across the state of Arkansas in honor of School Choice Week. The most notable of these events is being held tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29. An education rally will be held at 9:15 in the Capitol Rotunda featuring keynote speaker Jeb Bush.

An education summit will follow tomorrow afternoon at the DoubleTree Hotel. A panel of experts on education will speak at the afternoon event. The panel includes:

Jim Walton- Chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank Group Inc.
Walter Hussman- Chairman, CEO & President of WEHCO Media, Inc.
Bill Dillard- CEO, Dillards
Claiborne Deming- Executive Director & Chairman of Executive Committee Murphy Oil
Patrick Wolf- Endowed Chair in School Choice Education Reform and University of
Arkansas Professor
Alisha Morgan (D)- Georgia State Representative
John Bacon- Chief Executive Officer, eStem Public Charter Schools
Michele Linch- Executive Director Arkansas State Teachers Association
Jim Cooper- Chairman of the State Board of Education
Leslie Hiner- Vice President of Programs & State Relations at Friedman Foundation for
Educational ChoiceArkansas State Representative Mark Biviano (R)
Arkansas State Representative James McLean (D)
Arkansas State Senator Johnny Key (R)
Georgia State Representative Alisha Morgan (D)
T. Willard Fair- Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc.
Angela F. Shirey- Teach For America Director of Development
Virginia Walden Ford- Executive Director of Arkansas Parent Network
Luke Gordy – Executive Director of the Arkansans for Education Reform Foundation
The event is free and seating is still available.