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Andrew Campanella: 'Great Things Happen' With School Choice

By    |   Monday, 22 Dec 2014 12:00 PM

Students can experience "great things" when parents have the opportunity to choose where their children go to school, says Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

"When a parent is given the right to choose the best school for their child, and that could be a public school, a public charter, a public magnet, a virtual school, home school, or choose a private school, great things happen, because kids are able to unlock their true potential," Campanella told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

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Offering a variety of school choices resulted in an increase of ability among "students across the board, especially when it comes to lower-income kids who traditionally were not doing so well," he said, adding that it "helps everyone" when children succeed.

Campanella's organization is sponsoring National School Choice Week Jan. 25-31, which involves 9,300 schools nationwide, featuring 10,000 events with "parent information sessions, so they can let parents and their communities know about their schools," he said.

"National School Choice Week is America's largest annual celebration of opportunity and education," Campanella said. "Parents have more choices now than they ever did before in this country when it comes to their kids' education, and there are still tens of millions of families who need more choices, and we want to bring some awareness to that."

Parents had been conditioned to believe choices were limited, and that they were "forced into one school because that's where they live," Campanella said, adding there was, in actuality, a "portfolio of options" that parents had for their children.

"When all schools are competing for those kids, all schools will get better," he said. "We need to talk more about this so parents can stand up and demand choices where they don't have them."

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