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Beginning today, January 21, hundreds of thousands of students, parents and teachers across the nation will celebrate National School Choice Week (NSCW). Rallies, events, and all types of school activities are planned. Participants will be wearing yellow scarves emblazoned with the NSCW logo and carrying signs praising the virtues of educational empowerment.

This is NSCW’s eighth year and, with over 32,000 events expected this year, it has quickly grown to become the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education.

I’ve had the privilege of participating in several NSCW events and activities over the past 8 years. It’s a special time to join with teachers and families from all walks of life who have benefited from school choice. It’s also a week to set aside any differences that exist to focus on what unites us — expanding opportunity and education freedom.

My hope is we can experience that same sense of unity this year. Our country feels extremely divided today. Passions appear not to have cooled in the wake of the previous election cycle — if anything, they’ve become hotter. Political and ideological differences often seem intractable and there is concern that these divisions have become too wide and deep to bridge.

You can read the entire piece, originally published on The Hill, here.

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About The Author

Kevin P. Chavous

Kevin P. Chavous, President of Academics Policy and External Affairs, joined Stride, Inc. in November 2017. Mr. Chavous is a noted education reform leader and innovator with a well-chronicled track record of empowering families with education choice and driving change and opportunity for children of all backgrounds and circumstances. Mr. Chavous has worked to advance quality education programs around the nation, most notably as the Education Committee Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, where he helped to shepherd the charter school movement into the nation’s capital. In addition, he was the founding Board President of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Chavous is the founder of Democrats for Education Reform and a founding board member of the American Federation for Children. He has been instrumental in advancing charter school and education choice programs around the country, and in 2016, he was inducted into the District of Columbia Hall of Fame. In addition, he received the distinguished Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School in Indianapolis. Additionally, Mr. Chavous is an accomplished author, having published four books, including Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education; Voices of Determination: Children that Defy the Odds; and Building a Learning Culture in America, as well as his first novel, The Plan, a political thriller. A prolific writer and inspirational speaker, Mr. Chavous’ opinion editorials have appeared in many major newspapers, and he has given education reform speeches in nearly every state. Mr. Chavous graduated from Wabash College, where he was an NCAA District All-American in basketball. He was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Mr. Chavous graduated from the Howard University School of Law, where he was president of his graduating class.

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