Parents, teachers, students rally at Cashman Center to support ‘School Choice’ week

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Nearly 2,000 parents, students and teachers filled the Cashman Center Tuesday to celebrate “School Choice.”

It’s just one of 139 events held around the state of Nevada, and one of 16,140 events held around the nation during School Choice Week.

The goal of School Choice Week is to raise awareness about K-12 schools, and the many options parents have to make a choice in their child’s education.

“We want to make sure that in Nevada we have a unified voice, that people understand that Education is not one-size fits all solution,” said Steve Werling, school leader of Nevada Connections Academy.

Options for parents consist of traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling.

“Families are attracted to states where they know there’s options when it comes to their kids education,” said Werling.

Tara Sims and her 7-year-old daughter Marley attended the rally.

“Charter was the only choice for my daughter because it allows her the freedom to excel in areas where she would be above grade level,” Sims said.

Sims said she made the decision early to pull her daughter out of public school.

“In the middle of her kinder year, we had to switch her, per the suggestion of her teacher,” Sims said.   “He said this was just too easy for her.”

Teachers like Danica Stewart likes that she has the right to choose.  She works at Lake Mead Christian Academy.

“I was able to just see the love when I walked in for the interview,” Stewart said.  “There was just a sense of family and community the school had.”

Stewart said faith also affected her choice. 

“I just loved being able to be that educator to promote God first,” Stewart said.

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