The Missouri Charter Public School Association, charter school leaders, national education reform leaders and other organizations rallied in Kansas City for school choice during National School Choice Week. The rally was part of a whistle stop tour beginning in Los Angeles and ending in New York to celebrate National School Choice Week 2013.
MCPSA Executive Director, Dr. Douglas Thaman, spoke during the rally on the importance of having quality charter school choices in the State and the Association’s work to expand those choices to areas outside of Kansas City and St. Louis. Thaman also discussed the choice of a school being one of the most important decisions a parent can make for their child. Students from Hogan Prep Academy and Hope Academy Chief Executive Officer Vonelle Middleton also represented Missouri’s charter school sector by speaking at the event. The Della Lamb Choir also performed three songs at the event to a loud ovation.
The Kansas City event drew hundreds of supporters and was kicked off by the Show Me Institute’s James Schuls and Lisa Graham Keegan, a nationally recognized education reform pioneer who served as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. Speakers at the event also included Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week and Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Joe Trippi.