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Arm yourself with the FACTS!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 28, 2015, 05:32 PM   


1. Teachers support choice policies. In fact, 97% of AAE members support public charter schools as options for both students and teachers alike.  Another 82% of our members support public school open enrollment.

2. Over 2.5 MILLION charter students are served by nearly 6,500 charter schools nationwide according to the latest Charter School Alliance report. Check out charter trends in your state!

3. A bipartisan group of 22 Governors and 49 mayors proclaimed this week National School Choice Week in their localities (including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton). And the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to recognize January 25-31, 2015 as National School Choice Week.

4. This week, there are 11,082 #SCW events across the country. And that number is over DOUBLE the number of events from last year! AAE is proudly hosting school-based events in nearly 10 states.

5. Charter schools, magnet schools, Montessori schools and many more offer choices to students and teachers alike. Read this PDF to brush up on your facts of the various types of educational settings found around the nation!

6. The latest data from 2013 shows that 73% of Americans support school choice, compared with 67% in 2010. Check out this report to see more school choice trends.

7. Many states are capped at the number of charter schools they'll allow to open in the state - despite demand. Check out this list by the Institute of Educational Sciences to see where your state stands on charter school caps, automatic exemptions, required teacher certification, and identification of special education responsibilities for charter schools.

8. The Center for Education Reform gives each state a report card ranking of their charter school laws.

AAE is a proud aupporter of National School Choice Week 2015. We hope you're having fun joining in this yearly celebration.

Do you struggle explaining school choice week to your friends, neighbors, or colleagues? Tell us how we can help in the comments below!

Originally posted by Alana at AAE.

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