National School Choice Week Across North Carolina

By: Anita Peek-Brinson

School choice advocates around the state this week are celebrating their ability to choose a school other than the local public school to which their child is zoned. Charter school students and voucher recipients are wrapping up in yellow scarves embroidered with the words, “National School Choice Week,” and carrying signs that say, “Got choice?”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson praised the fact that in North Carolina, the answer to the question on that paper placard is, “Yes.”

Johnson was the lead speaker at a school choice rally in Raleigh on Tuesday. A few hundred charter school students and a couple dozen parents gathered in the North Carolina Museum of History for the event organized by the Association for Public Charter Schools. The marching band from Bear Grass Charter School kicked off the event with a performance in the aisles of the auditorium, then the crowd heard from Johnson.

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