School Choice supporters gather downtown Montgomery

Jan 26, 2018

School Choice supporters rally on the front lawn of the Capitol.

Students, parents, teachers and elected officials across Alabama participated in a rally in support of National School Choice Week on Thursday. The event is a public awareness effort to promote education options such as charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. Ebraham Lee, School Choice advocate explained school choice means parents have the choice of choosing options outside of traditional public schools. “The education of our students determines the things that go on in our city, state, and nation,” said Lee.  Virtual online student, Zoe Champion attends Alabama Connections Academy, she said this option has been more of a blessing that she would have ever thought. “Having a choice means getting to weave your own education path, it’s so important and I think that it builds leaders and successful people”, said Champion. Senator Del Marsh, Athens City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Trey Holladay and other supporters were on hand showing support to educational options.  Alabama’s first school choice law was passed in 2013, forming a scholarship program for low-income families and in 2015 lawmakers approved charter schools in Alabama.