School choice advocates rally at Capitol

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Over 150 students and parents gathered at the Capitol for the seventh annual School Choice Rally.

Several education organizations, like the Kansas Policy Institute and Americans for Prosperity, organized the rally to make their case to lawmakers.

The advocates want to utilize things like tax credits and educational savings funds to ensure every student is able to choose where they want to attend school. They believe that every kid needs to choose a school that fits their individual needs.

"I think what we've seen so far is that our achievement is pretty f;lat in the state, despite the best efforts of our teachers and principals in public schools," James Franko of Kansas Policy Institute said. "We have really big gaps between low-income kids and their higher income peers, and if that continues, then ultimately we're going to be leaving a generation behind and not equipping them to succeed down the road."

Rallies like this one are happening all around the country this week, which is National School Choice Week.