'National School Choice Week' gets Underway in WNY

January 22, 2012 Updated Jan 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM EDT

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January 22, 2012 Updated Jan 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Sunday kicked-off 'National School Choice Week,' a week-long look at ways to provide educational choice to students and family.

Locally, things got underway with a press conference at New Creation Fellowship Academy Sunday Morning. Speakers included Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council VP Sam Radford and co-chair of the New York Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, Lisa Thrun.

Over the next seven days, more than 350 events will take place across the country including everyone from students and parents to teachers, political leaders and even celebrities.

They will be shining the spotlight on the need for effective education options and pushing for things like more charter schools and tax credits for poorer families wishing to send their children to private or religious schools.

Locally, participants can take part in national, interactive town hall like meetings on-line, including live simulcasts with political commentators Juan Williams and Dick Morris that include question and answer time.

Educational and political leaders will also be taking part in a number of local events happening throughout the week.

For more information head to schoolchoiceweek.com.