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National #SchoolChoice Week 2018: Recognizing the Diverse Career Goals And Academic Needs of Students

January 21-27, 2018 is National School Choice Week! President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation marking the event.

In the words of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos,

School choice is not about picking this building or that classroom – it’s much bigger than that. It’s about freedom to find the best way to learn and grow. Learning can, should, and will look different for each unique child, and we should celebrate that!

During the week, ED highlighted success stories of students who were able to find the right fit for their educations.

A graphic containing a picture of Kendra on the left side, next to a woman. On the right of the graphic is a quote from Kendra, "My life, and my story, has taught me that all students - regardless of their family's income and zip code - should have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education."School Choice Opened My Eyes to a Diverse And Culturally Enriched World

“Today, I’m a junior at Howard University. But things could have turned out differently if I didn’t have the opportunity to pursue a different educational path when I was younger.

“Thankfully, my parents were given the option to exercise school choice, which is, unfortunately, not the norm for every student in America.”

Discover more about how Kendra and her family were able to choose the best learning environment for her in our Medium post.


A graphic with a picture of Toni studying in the library on the right side. On the left is a quote from Toni, “Growing up, I knew I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t know how I’d get there. Early College helped me to accomplish my goals. There’s no way I would have gotten this far without school choice.” The #schoolchoice hashtag is on the bottom left below the quote.Education is the Ticket Out of Poverty

Toni Airaksinen, a current senior at Barnard College in New York, illustrates the powerful impact of school choice and how a student’s potential for prosperity can be supported with access to educational options.

“My family was constantly faced with difficult situations due to our lack of finances. They didn’t have time to worry about my schooling. But, I knew I wanted something better out of life,” says Toni.

Read more about how Toni’s “humble beginnings did not prevent her from the accomplishment of graduating high school and going on to college” on Medium.


A graphic containing a picture of Trevor on the right side and, on the left, the quote from him, "The teachers really care about my education. And now I'm back on the path to success and college." In the bottom left corner is the hashtag #schoolchoiceSchool Choice Helps Student with Disabilities Reclaim the Path to Postsecondary Success

Trevor Beauchamp of La Crescenta, California, was born with spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that severely limits his mobility and requires extra effort, even when walking a few steps. Understanding the importance of education, he willingly embraced the daily struggle to navigate his school campus’s hilly terrain. After he broke his knee and was given little accommodation, he and his mother re-evaluated his school options.

Find out more about Trevor’s story and how he and his mother were able to find the perfect fit for him on Medium.