Advocates to Celebrate School Choice with Blockbuster Party in New Orleans; Launch of National School Choice Week Planned for January 21, 2012

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The Temptations and Ellis Marsalis will headline National School Choice Week Kickoff in New Orleans; Event will launch week filled with events across the country.

The Temptations will perform at the official kickoff of National School Choice Week 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana

"We will shine a bright national spotlight on the need to provide students in every city and state with access to schools that help them reach their fullest potential."
- Andrew Campanella

Thousands of students, parents, teachers and community activists will celebrate school choice at a blockbuster party in New Orleans on January 21, 2012, the planners of National School Choice Week announced today. The event is the official kickoff celebration for National School Choice Week 2012 and will include performances by world-renowned entertainers, including The Temptations and Ellis Marsalis.

National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2012) shines a spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children. In 2011, hundreds of organizations planned more than 200 events—reaching more than 34 million Americans via positive news coverage—highlighting the need for, and effectiveness of, various forms of educational choice.

The National School Choice Week 2012 Kickoff in New Orleans, which will be held from 10:30 to 12:30 and will feature multiple performances by the legendary Temptations and by entertainer Ellis Marsalis, is free and open to school choice supporters. RSVPs are recommended at http://www.SchoolChoiceWeek.com. Additional speakers, celebrity guests, and activities will be announced in the next two weeks, organizers said.

“By hosting this event in a city that has experienced the transformational benefits of school choice, we showcase the success of hardworking students, parents, teachers, and community activists in New Orleans, who work every day to create thousands of school choice success stories,” said Andrew Campanella, vice president of public affairs for National School Choice Week. “At the same time, we will shine a bright national spotlight on the need to provide students in every city and state with access to schools that help them reach their fullest potential.”

New Orleans is widely considered a city with a wealth of quality schooling options for children. Parents can select from public schools, public charter schools, virtual schools, private and parochial schools, and homeschooling. As a result of reforms in New Orleans, student achievement and attainment has increased and parental satisfaction with education options is overwhelming.

For more information, visit http://www.SchoolChoiceWeek.com.

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