The American Federation for Children will partner with 16 other organizations to announce the “Put Kids First Rally” celebrating 2014 National School Choice Week. The broad coalition of organizations will come together to rally in support of school choice on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at Upper Senate Park, located immediately north of the U.S. Capitol. Kevin P. Chavous, former D.C. City Councilman and executive counsel to the American Federation for Children, will be the master of ceremonies for the rally. Other speakers are expected to be announced in the coming days.

“National School Choice Week is a chance to celebrate the positive impact of all educational options, whether it be virtual, private, charter, home, or traditional – all choices matter because every child’s education matters,” said Chavous. “School Choice empowers parents and puts kids first. For 10 years, the children of Washington, D.C. have benefited from school choice and we remain committed to ensuring those vital educational choices remain available.”

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program was signed into law in 2004. This landmark bill initiated the federal three-sector education program for D.C. creating the Opportunity Scholarship Program, and providing funds for public charter schools, and for traditional public school improvement.

National School Choice Week is runs between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, 2014. The annual celebration promotes and highlights the transformational power of parental choice. More than 5,500 National School Choice Week celebrations are scheduled throughout the country.

“We are excited that National School Choice Week 2014 will feature such a prominent event in our nation’s capital,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “The goal of this independently-planned event, along with 5,500 other unique events nationwide, will be to shine a positive spotlight on the simple fact that school choice works.”