U.S. Representative Gary offers the following statement concerning the rally for school choice taking place Wednesday in Montgomery, and the wider School Choice Week that is taking place all over the nation:
"Having been an advocate for school choice for more than two decades, I am pleased that citizens in Alabama, and all over America, are choosing to highlight the importance of this issue. Alabama has made significant progress in recent years expanding school choice, but there is still a long way to go.
The broad-based coalition of organizations supporting school choice in Alabama, which includes the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Students First Alabama, the American Federation for Children, the Alabama Business Education Alliance, the Alabama Public Charter School Alliance, and the Business Council of Alabama, is very encouraging for the future of school choice in Alabama. I'm certain their efforts will have a big impact and will continue to create more opportunities for students in Alabama to achieve the education they need and deserve."
This week is the fifth Annual School Choice Week, which was started in 2011. There are approximately 11,000 independently planned events happening around the country in support of school choice as a result. More than 2000 people are expected to attend the rally in Montgomery today. The organizers intend to support choices ranging from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling. The Alabama State Legislature is expected to take up school choice measures in the upcoming legislative session.