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January 22, 2014

STATE HOUSE: State schools' chief Mick Zais to speak at National School Choice Week stop Thursday

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

S.C. schools chief Mick Zais will speak at the National School Choice Week's "whistle-stop train" tour on Thursday in Columbia.

Columbia is the fifth stop out of 14 official and 5,000 independently planned events across the country to raise awareness about school-choice options -- including public, charter, magnet and private schools as well as online and home-school learning.

The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley Street.

Other speakers include Ellen Weaver, president of the Palmetto Policy Forum; Jonathan Alston, a former USC Gamecock and NFL football player; Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week; Victoria Dixon-Mokeba, principal of Carolina School for Inquiry; and Beth Purcell, president of Public School Options.

The event will include performances by students from Carolina Springs Elementary School and Provost Academy.

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