Senator Bob Huff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2014
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Huff Introduces “School Choice Week” Resolution
Nationwide Celebration Shines Spotlight on Need for Effective Education Options
SACRAMENTO: Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has introduced new legislation to commemorate National School Choice Week in California. Senate Resolution (SR) 22 highlights schools, teachers, parents and students from across the nation to rally for effective education opportunities that benefit all children.
More than 5,500 events will take place across all fifty states to raise awareness for school choice during National School Choice Week, which takes place January 26 through February 1. The event spotlights all types of positive education options — from traditional public schools, to public magnet and charter schools, to private schools, to virtual schools, to home schooling. The effort brings students, parents, educators, community leaders, and elected officials together to cheer for school choice where it exists and demand it where it does not.
“As Juan Williams and Condoleezza Rice have both put it, school choice is the civil rights issue of our time,” said Senator Huff. “School choice benefits all students, especially low-income families who often lack the resources to move to a better neighborhood or turn to private schools. Allowing parents and students to choose what school programs fit their needs benefits everyone.”
The highlight of National School Choice Week will feature a cross-country, whistle-stop train and motor coach tour that will span 3,800 miles and feature special events in 14 cities, including stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Senator Huff will also screen a special presentation of the film “We The Parents” at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 31st in Room 3191 at the State Capitol.
According to the National School Choice Week website:
“National School Choice Week provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children. Planned by a diverse and nonpartisan coalition of individuals and organizations, National School Choice Week features special events and activities that highlight support for school choice programs and proposals.”
Senator Huff has authored numerous successful school choice related bills during his legislative tenure, including the nationally recognized “Parent Trigger” law, open enrollment, school districts of choice and charter school funding. He was named Elected Leader of the Year by the California Charter Schools Association in 2012 and has also been presented with the prestigious Golden Apple Award by California Parents for Public Virtual Education.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.