January 22-28, 2017: Michigan School Choice Week

WHEREAS, every student in Michigan should have access to an effective education; and,

WHEREAS, improving the quality of education in Michigan continues to be an issue of importance to our state’s leaders; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan recognizes the critical role that an effective and accountable system of education plays in preparing all children to be successful adults; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has a multitude of high-quality traditional public schools, public magnet schools, public charter schools, and nonpublic schools, as well as families who educate their children in the home; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has many high-quality, dedicated teaching professionals in all types of educational environments; and,

WHEREAS, it is important for parents in Michigan to explore and identify the best educational options available to their children; and,

WHEREAS, research demonstrates that providing children with multiple educational options improves their academic performance; and,

WHEREAS, School Choice Week is a celebration recognized by millions of students, parents, educators, schools, and community leaders, for the purpose of raising public awareness of the importance of effective educational options for children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 22-28, 2017 as Michigan School Choice Week.