Parents and students gather for online learning at the Missouri State Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Nearly 200 parents and students gathered Thursday at the Missouri State Capitol to rally for online learning as a choice for schools.

The rally was planned by the National Coalition for Public School Options and was one of 26,000 events staged nationwide for National School Choice Week 2022, according to a news release.

“Virtual learning works for many families, and we’re thrilled to join families in celebrating this important option,” said Letrisha Weber, board chair of the National Coalition of Public School Options.

“We hope the personal stories and energy of the event will demonstrate to lawmakers the importance of adopting policies that allow families to choose this educational option if it best meets their child’s educational needs.”

Speakers at the rally were Missouri parents, administrators of Missouri virtual education providers, state senator Caleb Rowden and state representative Phil Christofanelli.

Students from private schools gathered in the capital on Wednesday.

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