The National School Choice Week whistle-stop event previously scheduled
for Wednesday, January 22, at the National Constitution Center in
Philadelphia has been canceled due to severe weather and safety
concerns, organizers announced this afternoon.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has declared a snow emergency, the
city's schools will be closed, and conditions have been deemed too
unsafe for attendees to travel to the event.
"Canceling this event is not a decision we make lightly - and not one
that we want to make at all," said Andrew Campanella, president of
National School Choice Week. "But the safety of everyone involved with
our event is our first priority. We are extremely grateful to our
partners who have worked so hard to organize this event and expand
school choice across the state of Pennsylvania."
Senator Pat Toomey and Sate Senator Anthony H. Williams had been slated
to speak. The event was being hosted by National School Choice Week in
partnership with The Center for Education Reform, Faith First
Educational Assistance Corporation, Faith in the Future, Foundation for
Excellence in Education, GreatSchools.org, KIPP Philadelphia, PennCAN,
Pennsylvania Families for Public Cyber Schools, PublicSchoolOptions.org,
REACH Foundation and StudentsFirst PA.
"We may not be able to gather together in Philadelphia, but we will
continue to share the message that every child deserves effective
education options. That message is being celebrated at the 200 events
taking place at schools and organizations throughout Pennsylvania, and
at the 5,500 events taking place all across the country during National
School Choice Week," Campanella said.
National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2014) is an independent
public awareness campaign designed to shine a spotlight on effective
education options for children. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com
or follow NSCW on Twitter at www.twitter.com/schoolchoicewk.
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