UPDATE: Hundreds gather to rally at Capitol for School Choice Week

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LANSING, MI. (AP) - On Wednesday, Jan. 29, students and educators gathered at the Capitol to share information about all of Michigan's K-12 school options: traditional public, charter, public magnet, private, online, and homeschooling-and rally for increased opportunities.

Several schools set up booths making teachers, students and their families available to talk with lawmakers about what makes their experience so unique.

"Education is usually at the top of most voters' minds. It may not be the top issue at any given point, but it's always on our minds. Our kids matter. Our teachers matter," said Dan Quisenberry, president of Michigan Charter School Association.

The rally represented one of Michigan's largest events during School Choice Week.

Event planners included Michigan's Charter School Association and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, as well as the Michigan chapter of National Coalition for Public School Options, the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Great Lakes Education Project.

As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2020, more than 50,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the School of Choice Week.

For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com/michigan.

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