Train and motor coach route will raise awareness of the benefits of, and need for, educational options for children and families

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – School choice supporters will embark on a cross-country, whistle-stop train and motor coach tour in January to galvanize public support for educational choice, the effort's organizers announced today.

Planned by National School Choice Week, the tour will span 3,800 miles and feature special events in 14 cities. Modeled after pioneering whistle-stop tours in American history, the events will call attention to the benefits of – and need for – greater educational opportunity for children and families. 

The tour will launch from Newark, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and end in San Francisco on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Events will take place in:

• Newark
• Philadelphia
• Washington, DC
• Charlotte
• Columbia
• Augusta
• Birmingham
• Jackson
• Houston
• San Antonio 
• Austin
• Tucson
• Los Angeles
• San Francisco 

"Throughout our country's history, whistle-stop tours have been used to call significant attention to issues of national importance," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

"From suffrage to civil rights, whistle-stop tours brought people together – regardless of party affiliation or geography – in support of expanding freedom for all Americans. Education is no different; families deserve the freedom to choose the best education environments for their children, and our nation's future depends on their ability to make those choices."

Now in its fourth year, National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, 2014) shines a spotlight on the need for all types of effective education options for children — from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling. The Week is an independent, nonpolitical, and nonpartisan public awareness effort.

In addition to the tour, National School Choice Week will feature an estimated 5,000 independently-planned and independently-funded events across the country.