School choice has generated quite a bit of headlines and debate lately. The election of the Donald Trump, no less, has amplified that discussion. His pledge to make school choice a centerpiece of his education agenda – a proposal that is attracting much attention and scrutiny – along with his nomination of school choice champion Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education has added fuel to an idea that has gained tremendous traction over the past two decades.
Momentum is growing – and not just because of the recent election results or the DeVos nomination, either. This week is National School Choice Week (January 22 – 28), a time when parents, teachers, and students are raising awareness highlighting the difference school choice made in their lives. Organizers estimate more than 20,000 total events taking place across the U.S., including rallies in Washington, D,C, and many state capitols – the largest ever series of education-related events in the U.S. – and over 500 official proclamations from governors, mayors, and county officials.