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National School Choice Week to roll out across U.S.

By | January 25th, 2013

National School Choice Week kicks off tonight in Phoenix, Ariz., with many hundreds of events upcoming Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 around the country celebrating the educational options K-12 students (and their parents) have - or should have - in pursuit of excellence.

“The tour will help bring attention to the six types of quality education options highlighted by NSCW: high-performing traditional public schools, home schooling, public charter schools, private schools, magnet schools and virtual schools,” reported

The National School Choice Week website has an online event map that can be searched by state.

The “Ed is Watching” website (cleverly written from a child’s perspective) describes some upcoming activities in metro Denver, including those affiliated with the Independence Institute’s Education Policy Center, which includes “Ed is Watching,” as indicated here…

My Education Policy Center friends are sponsoring a community showing of Waiting for Superman… in Spanish! This will be a great chance for me to learn some words en espanol besides gracias or adios. Rumor has it some food and prizes might be involved. Details for the Thursday evening, January 31, event at Centro San Juan Diego can be found on this handy flier.

If you’re around the Mile High City but prefer something in English, then you have the choice of two great events on Wednesday, January 30. The Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE) is hosting a star-studded panel discussion from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) on “What Is It Like to Teach in a Virtual or Charter School?” You can hear PACE’s Tim Farmer and the Independence Institute’s Ben DeGrow talk up the benefits of school choice for teachers on a recent radio interview.

Not too far away, at the Independence Institute Freedom Embassy, the local chapters of America’s Future Foundation and Liberty on the Rocks will be screening the 2012 education reform movie Won’t Back Down. So if you missed it in the theater but were intrigued by a review, you may wish to sign up for the 6:00-9:00 PM event. (And maybe you can find a way to make both events that night.)

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