MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla.--()--In an unprecedented demonstration of unity, nearly two-thirds of America’s governors are officially celebrating National School Choice Week 2013, organizers announced today. 29 governors either have issued or have agreed to issue proclamations in honor of National School Choice Week stating that the week of Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 is officially “School Choice Week” in their respective states.
“We choose everything in this country – the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the candidates we vote for. Why don’t more parents get to choose the educational environments that are right for their children?”
The governors are joined by 23 mayors and 12 state legislatures that will issue resolutions and proclamations in support of National School Choice Week, as well.
Prominent mayors who have endorsed National School Choice Week include Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Asheville, N.C. Mayor Terry Bellamy. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton recently spoke in support of school choice at National School Choice Week’s 7,200-person kickoff celebration in Phoenix this past Friday.
“The support and involvement of 29 governors is truly humbling and history making,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella. “We choose everything in this country – the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the candidates we vote for. Why don’t more parents get to choose the educational environments that are right for their children?”
The 25 governors who have already signed proclamations include:
|-- Alabama Gov. Robert J Bentley||
-- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
|-- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell||
-- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
|-- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer||
-- Ohio Gov. John Kasich
|-- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper||
-- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
|-- Florida Gov. Rick Scott||
-- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
|-- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal||
-- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
|-- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter||
-- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
|-- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence||
-- Texas Gov. Rick Perry
|-- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal||
-- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert
|-- Maine Gov. Paul LePage||
-- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
|-- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder||
-- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
|-- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant||
-- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead
|-- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval|
In its third year, National School Choice Week 2013 runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 and its 3,500 independently-planned and independently-funded events span all 50 states. Supporters of National School Choice Week believe that states must do more to expand access to challenging and motivating educational options, from high-performing public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, digital and online learning and homeschooling.
For more information on National School Choice Week, visit: http://www.schoolchoiceweek.com