WHEREAS, every student in the State of North Carolina should have the right to the highest-quality schools possible; and
WHEREAS, citizens across the State of North Carolina agree that improving the quality of education in the State of North Carolina and expanding access to highly effective schools is an issue of importance to our state’s leaders; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina recognizes the critical role that an effective and accountable system of education plays in preparing all students in the State of North Carolina to be successful adults in a global economy; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has a multitude of high-quality public schools, magnet schools, public charter schools, home schools and nonpublic schools; and
WHEREAS, educational variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the vibrancy of our state; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has many high-quality teaching professionals in public, private and charter schools across the State of North Carolina who are committed to educating children; and,
WHEREAS, the vital cause of education reform is one that transcends ideology and political party affiliation; and
WHEREAS, research in the State of North Carolina and across our nation demonstrates conclusively that providing children with multiple schooling options improves academic performance; and
WHEREAS, School Choice Week is a nationally celebrated event, and during this week we join with millions of parents, educators, schools and organizations around the country to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options that challenge and motivate all our students to succeed;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim January 25-31, 2015, as “SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this fourteenth day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
PAT McCRORY Governor