In his statement on National School Choice Week, Governor Tate Reeves (R-MS) points out that 300 of the 26,000 events taking place throughout America are happening in The Magnolia State.
"My strong support of school choice is based on one simple philosophy: I believe every child deserves an opportunity to receive a quality education, regardless of what their parents do for a living and regardless of their zip code," Gov. Reeves declares.
The week focuses on traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home education options, and Reeves promises to continually fight for parental rights in all of those avenues.
"Every child has their own unique set of needs when it comes to education, and school choice is one of the best ways for us to meet those needs," the governor asserts. "Ultimately, school choice is all about giving the family the opportunity to set your children up for a great future."
American Family News recently reported that the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many parents to reconsider public schools when the school buildings were closed, and U.S. Census figures show homeschooling has surged from roughly 5% to 11% of families. There is also a push in many state legislatures to give families a portion of the tens of thousands of dollars pouring into failing public school classrooms to make education decisions on their own.
The U.S. Senate has introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing this year's National School Choice Week.
Anyone interested in the topic is invited to check out the "State Roadmap" that explains the laws in every state and the education choices available in local communities.