School Choice advocates from across New Jersey will be coming together on Wednesday, Jan. 29, as part of a national movement to allow parents to choose the schools to which they send their children.
The discussion - “Parental Choice in Education - The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time" - is being held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township tonight at 6:30 p.m. The event coincides with the 4th Annual National School Choice Week which runs through Feb. 1 and includes over 5,500 events planned around the country.
The school choice forum is being put together by the New Jersey Family Policy Council, with a variety of state-based co-sponsors: including the New Jersey Taxpayers’ Association, Alliance for Free Choice in Education, Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey, Parental Rights – New Jersey, Veritas Conservative Alliance, Morris Patriots and 2014 Unity.
The event will feature a panel of leading school choice advocates, including Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-25); Len Deo, New Jersey Family Policy Council; Daryn Iwicki, Americans for Prosperity - New Jersey; Kim Chorba, NJ Network of Catholic School Families; and Israel Teitelbaum, Alliance for Free Choice in Education. Dr. Alieta Eck, of the Zarephath Health Center, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Plans will be discussed for achieving school choice - which includes a school voucher program - in New Jersey and in Washington D.C., the only district that comes directly under the responsibility of Congress. With massive pressure from all 50 states on the district where $30,000 is spent annually per student, school choice is an issue whose time has come, the sponsors said in a statement.
The event is open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 973-820-6121 or email Israel@SchoolChoiceNJ.org.