Arizona Education Leaders to Gather in Capitol Rose Garden for National School Choice Week

Business, legislative, and school leaders will gather in support
of the Week

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arizona education leaders will gather for a luncheon with special guest
Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday, January 26 at noon in the Capitol Rose
Garden to celebrate National School Choice Week.

School leaders, parents, students, and teachers from Arizona’s highest
performing low-income schools will celebrate Arizona’s best-in-class
school choice environment and its contributions to better educational
outcomes.

Governor Doug Ducey, former state superintendent of public instruction
Lisa Graham Keegan, and a representative of the assembled schools will
speak at the luncheon.

The goal of the celebration is to spotlight the difference school choice
has made in the lives of so many families across the state, especially
in typically underserved communities. The celebration is timed to
coincide with National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2017), which
will feature more than 21,000 events across the country.

“The results of school choice in Arizona speak for themselves,” Arizona
Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer said. “No
state in the union has more choice than Arizona. We are A Number 1, Top
of the List, King of the Hill. Educational choice is a major factor in
why we’ve made the most progress in academic gains on the nation’s
report card (NAEP) and one of the top states closing the achievement
gap.”

Lisa Graham Keegan added, “There has never been a time like the current
in Arizona, where we have hundreds of innovative school leaders pushing
Arizona into the top tiers of academic achievement and most especially
creating community schools that honor the talents and needs of students
and their families. I am so proud of these school teams.”

Event organizers include A for Arizona, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce
& Industry, and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public
awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective
education options for every child. Through more than 21,000
independently planned events across the country, National School Choice
Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices
available to children. These options include traditional public schools,
public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private
schools, and homeschooling.

Contacts

A for Arizona
Lisa Graham Keegan, 602-391-6803
lkeegan@azchamber.com