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    National School Choice Week Around the Country

    by Kristen McNicholas posted January 27, 2017
    Parents, students and administrators wave yellow scarfs as they take part in a rally in support of school choice, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Austin , Texas. Past voucher programs seeking to provide public money to families who send their children to private and religious schools have sailed through the state Senate but fizzled in the House, where lawmakers from both parties worry about hurting rural classrooms, but rally organizers are hoping that added political pressure could change that this session. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Parents, students, and administrators wave yellow scarfs as they take part in a rally in support of school choice on Jan. 24 in Austin, Texas. –Eric Gay/AP

    This past week there have been approximately 20,000 demonstrations across the country in honor of National School Choice Week. The purpose of the week, according to the National School Choice Week website, is to raise public awareness of choice education options. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

    President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos, is a strong proponent of school choice. The Senate is still reviewing her for confirmation.

    For more information on what school choice means, check out Education Week‘s video explainer here.

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is framed by the Elite College Prep Academy band as he speaks during a rally in support of school choice on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Austin, Texas. The Texas governor and the Bush family's rising political star have added muscle to the rally supporting school vouchers — but such plans still may not pass the fiercely red state's Legislature. Vouchers would give families state money to help pay for private and religious schools. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is framed by the Elite College Prep Academy band as he speaks during a rally in support of school choice on the steps of the Texas Capitol on Jan. 24 in Austin, Texas. –Eric Gay/AP

    Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a rally in support of school choice on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Austin , Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a rally in support of school choice on the steps of the Texas Capitol on Jan. 24, 2017, in Austin , Texas. –Eric Gay/AP

    Students from Wallflower Elementary sing on the steps of City Hall in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, during a rally to mark national school choice week. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

    Students from Wallflower Elementary sing on the steps of City Hall in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 24, , during a rally to mark National School Choice Week. –Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP

    Sixth-grader Sam Ross cheer for his school Evangelical Christian School, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, during a local rally on the steps of City Hall in Colorado Springs, Colo., to mark national school choice week. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

    Sixth-grader Sam Ross cheers for his school, the Evangelical Christian School, on Jan. 24 during a school choice rally on the steps of City Hall in Colorado Springs, Colo. –Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP

    Proponents of a parents' right to choose a school for their children gather at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, to celebrate national school choice week. Those attending represented a number of public charter, religious and some home schooling institutions. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    School choice advocates gather at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., to celebrate National School Choice Week. –Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    New Jerusalem Christian Academy third grade students Kaniya Brown, 8, left, Ashten Hobson, center and Kriscian Myers II, both 9, look out at activities on the rotunda from the Governor's Office balcony at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The students joined classmates and proponents for a parents' right to choose their children's school at a rally in the state house to celebrate National School Choice Week. Those attending represented a number of public charter, religious and some home schooling institutions. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    New Jerusalem Christian Academy 3rd grade students Kaniya Brown, 8, left, and Ashten Hobson, center, and Kriscian Myers II, both 9, look out at school choice rally activities in the rotunda from the Governor’s office balcony at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., on Jan. 24. –Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation speaks to crowd of students and lawmakers gathered for a school choice rally in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Laszloffy and other advocates say they are determined to make charter schools and other school choice programs part of Montana's education system (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

    Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation speaks to a crowd of students and lawmakers gathered for a school choice rally in Helena, Mont., on Jan. 25. Laszloffy and other advocates say they are determined to make charter schools and other school choice programs part of Montana’s education system. –Matt Volz/AP