National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Tour stops in KC to promote options in Missouri schools

More than 1,000 students, parents, teachers and community leaders will rally at Union Station Monday to demand Missouri expand educational options for families.

The grass roots effort hopes to raise the nation's awareness of the benefits of school choice, including charter schooling, public school open enrollment, online learning and even homeschooling in Missouri.

Supporters say school choice encourages failing schools to improve or lose unsatisfied students.

Yet, critics say it's simply a conservative effort to dismantle unions and the public school system.

Currently, some Missouri parents can choose charter schools as an alternative and a Blue Springs lawmaker has proposed legislation that would ultimately allow students to leave unaccredited school districts.

The National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Tour will make stops in 14 cities, but it's gaining attention here since the Kansas City Missouri School District lost its accreditation last school year.

Monday's indoor rally will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Union Station.

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