President Trump proclaims National School Choice Week

Is the US moving towards what has worked so well on Cape Cod?
President Trump has proclaimed National School Choice Week. White House photo.

Editor's Note:  School choice, charter choice and school competition have given Cape Cod students a rich set of educational choices.  Over 1,200 Cape kids choose to attend schools other than their hometown school.  In order to compete for students, many Cape districts have raised the bar on their offerings and on their "customer service" skills, as well.  Over $7.2 million in school choice dollars changed hands on Cape Cod last fiscal year.

With President Trump's choice of an education secretary nominee, there are clear signals from Washington that national school choice might be on the way.  We on the Cape are pleased to see the rest of the country might discover what we already know - school choice works and it's a fantastic opportunity for our children.

From the White House Press Office:

On January 25th, the President released a proclamation in honor of National School Choice Week. The text of the proclamation is below:


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The foundation of a good life begins with a great education.  Today, too many of our children are stuck in schools that do not provide this opportunity.

Because the education of our young people is so important, the parents of every student in America should have a right to a meaningful choice about where their child goes to school.

By expanding school choice and providing more educational opportunities for every American family, we can help make sure that every child has an equal shot at achieving the American Dream.  More choices for our students will make our schools better for everybody.

Our country is home to many great schools and many extraordinary teachers -- whether they serve in traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private or religious schools, or in homeschooling environments.

With a renewed commitment to expanding school choice for our children, we can truly make a great education possible for every child in America.

I commend our Nation's students, parents, teachers, and school leaders for their commitment to quality, effective education, and I call on States and communities to support effective education and school choice for every child in America.

As our country celebrates National School Choice Week, I encourage parents to evaluate the educational opportunities available for their children.  I also encourage State lawmakers and Federal lawmakers to expand school choice for millions of additional students.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22 through January 28, 2017, as National School Choice Week.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


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