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Rubio, Scott, Colleagues Applaud Senate Passage of National School Choice Week Resolution

Feb 2, 2022 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and colleagues applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of their resolution (S.Res. 501), designating January 23 through January 29, 2022, as National School Choice Week. This resolution honors the achievements of all K-12 schools, and recognizes the importance of empowering parents to choose the best educational environment for their children.
Click here to see a full list of cosponsors. 
The full text of the resolution is below. 
Designating the week of January 23 through January 29, 2022, as ‘‘National School Choice Week’’.
Whereas providing a diversity of choices in kindergarten through grade 12 (referred to in this preamble as ‘‘K– 12’’) education empowers parents to select education environments that meet the individual needs and strengths of their children; 
Whereas high-quality K–12 education environments of all varieties are available in the United States, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and home schooling;
Whereas talented teachers and school leaders in each of the education environments prepare children to achieve their dreams; 
Whereas more families than ever before in the United States actively choose the best education for their children; 
Whereas more public awareness of the issue of parental choice in education can inform additional families of the benefits of proactively choosing challenging, motivating, and effective education environments for their children; 
Whereas the process by which parents choose schools for their children is nonpolitical, nonpartisan, and deserves the utmost respect; 
Whereas the COVID–19 pandemic has exacerbated educational inequities for many children in the United States, highlighting the importance of a high-quality education; and 
Whereas tens of thousands of events are planned to celebrate the benefits of educational choice during the 12th annual National School Choice Week, held the week of January 23 through January 29, 2022: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—  
(1) designates the week of January 23 through January 29, 2022, as ‘‘National School Choice Week’’; 
(2) congratulates students, parents, teachers, and school leaders from kindergarten through grade 12 education environments of all varieties for their persistence, achievements, dedication, and contributions to society in the United States;
(3) encourages all parents, during National School Choice Week, to learn more about the education options available to them; and 
(4) encourages the people of the United States to hold appropriate programs, events, and activities during National School Choice Week to raise public awareness of the benefits of opportunity in education.