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School Choice Advocates to Rally for Reform As Cross-Country, Whistle-Stop Tour Rolls into Erie
[January 09, 2013]

School Choice Advocates to Rally for Reform As Cross-Country, Whistle-Stop Tour Rolls into Erie

ERIE, Pa. --(Business Wire)--

School choice advocates from across Pennsylvania will gather in Erie on Thursday, Jan. 31 to welcome the arrival of the National School Choice Week 'Special,' America's first cross-country, whistle-stop tour in support of education reform.

Students, parents, teachers and activists will gather at the Erie Art Museum on Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. at a special reception to celebrate National School Choice Week 2013 and raise awareness about the importance of enhancing educational options for all children in the Keystone State.

"We look forward to our stop in Erie, where bold reformers continue to fight for greater access to quality schools for all children," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "This tour will celebrate the choices that parents have, while providing a platform for students, parents, teachers and community leaders to demand the choices that they don't have."

Campanella will speak at the event along with Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Monaca, the Co-Chairs of Kitchen Table Patriots, Ana Puig and Anastasia Przybylski, Commonwealth Education Association Director Cheryl Boise, and Virginia Walden Ford, a school choice pioneer who as among the second wave of students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas and helped create the Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

National School Choice Week is planning the event in cooperation with FreedomWorks, Free To Choose Network and K-12 Schools.

This is the third annual National School Choice Week. Planned by a diverse, bipartisan coalition of citizens and organizations, National School Choice Week 2013, runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 and will feature more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states.

The National School Choice Week 'Special' is scheduled to travel through the following cities, each of which will host whistle-stop-themed events with parents, students and dynamic speakers:

  • Los Angeles, CA (News - Alert) (Friday, Jan. 25)
  • Albuquerque, NM (Saturday, Jan. 26)
  • Topeka, KS (Monday, Jan. 28)
  • Kansas City, MO (Monday, Jan. 28)
  • Chicago, IL (Tuesday, Jan. 29)
  • Milwaukee, WI (Wednesday, Jan. 30)
  • South Bend, IN (Wednesday, Jan. 30)
  • Toledo, OH (Thursday, Jan. 31)
  • Cleveland, OH (Thursday, Jan. 31)
  • Erie, PA (Thursday, Jan. 31)
  • Buffalo, NY (Friday, Feb. 1)
  • Rochester, NY (Friday, Feb. 1)
  • Albany, NY (Friday, Feb. 1)
  • New York, NY (Saturday, Feb. 2)

Track the tour's progress, and check out exclusive photos and videos, online at Follow the tour on Twitter (News - Alert) at @SCWSpecial, and Tweet about the tour with the hashtags #SCW and #whistlestop.

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