Announcing our Whistle-Stop Train Tour
It's time to take the fight for school choice in America to a new level. To ensure that millions of additional children have access to the best schools possible, we must — must — reach tens of millions of additional Americans and galvanize their support for educational equality.
With one American child dropping out of school every 26 seconds, we cannot wait. Our country faces an education crisis, and it's up to us to let our friends and neighbors know — en masse — that school choice CAN provide an essential and beneficial solution for families across the country.
To help make this vision a reality, I am excited to announce today that National School Choice Week will host the first-ever nationwide, whistle-stop train tour in support of school choice. The goal of this tour — along with the record-breaking 3,000 events being independently planned for National School Choice Week 2013 — is to demonstrate overwhelming support, and demand, for school choice…while shining a positive spotlight on the hundreds of organizations, thousands of schools, and millions of Americans working every day to increase access to great schools in our country.
The National School Choice Week Special — a historic railcar — will depart Los Angeles Union Station on January 25, 2013 and arrive in New York on February 2, 2013. Parents, students, community leaders, education organizations and elected officials of both parties will host 14 very special events along the tour's route. Check out the route below or head to our special page for more information.
The Special will link the modern-day fight for educational equality to important movements that have shaped the American way of life — from suffrage to civil rights — all of which used similar whistle-stop tours to generate overwhelming support for causes that changed our history for the better.
I hope you'll get involved. If you're along the tour's route, please attend one of our whistle-stop events. If you're not, plan a special activity in your own hometown, use social media (#whistlestop and @schoolchoicewk) to talk about the need for school choice, add your logo to our website, or write an opinion piece during National School Choice Week.
With bold strokes, our generation can — and will — make its mark on the tapestry of our national experience. Social change isn't just something we read about in history books. It's something we can make a reality, and in the process, secure for ourselves not only a place in history books yet unwritten, but secure for our country a brighter and more prosperous future where no child is denied the opportunity to attend the best schools possible.
We will do this together, but only if we're all on board.