School Choice Rally in Austin

More than 4,000 people are expected to march on the Texas Capitol Tuesday to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week.

More than 1,500 school choice events are planned across Texas this week.  All of them aim to educate Texans on how school choice would work.

"If someone were to choose a private school, a portion of the parents' tax dollars that go to educate their child in the public school would follow that student to the private school, however, a portion would be left behind in the public school," says Andrew Campanella, president of NSCW.

Campanella believes competition will raise the bar for all schools.

"We can't just talk about competition in schools when it comes to academic decathlons or football games on Friday nights," he says.  "We need competition between and among schools for students and parents."

School choice advocates believe this is the year in Texas, especially with President Donald Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

"She's perhaps one of the most broadly qualified people ever to be nominated for this position," Says Campanella.  "She will put the needs of kids, families and teachers first."

Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are scheduled to speak at Tuesday's rally.

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