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Due to the rain forecast, we are moving indoors to the following location:
North Carolina State Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Go through the main entrance and make a right past the front desk towards the auditorium.



Featuring North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mark Johnson

Celebrate National School Choice Week by joining us for this exciting rally in front of our state legislative building!   In addition to remarks from Supt. Johnson, the rally will include the following speakers and performances:




Q: When is the deadline to RSVP?
A: The deadline to RSVP for attendees is January 22.   The deadline for performers and speakers is January 12.  As of January 5, our program is full and selected / non-selected performers and speakers have been notified.   We are no longer accepting additional requests for performers and speakers.   However, we still encourage your school to RSVP and support our rally!
Q: Should we bring chairs?
A: We encourage you to bring a fold-up chair or two if you or someone you know needs one.
Q: Where can we park?
A: According to the North Carolina General Assembly (NGCA) website, public parking is available in three visitor’s lots:

  • Visitor’s Lot #1: located at the corner of Jones Street and Wilmington Street.   We recommend that you go here first since it is the closest to the legislative building.

  • Visitor’s Lot #2: located in the 300 block of North Salisbury Street and can also be accessed from the 300 block of North McDowell Street.   We recommend you go here if Visitor’s Lot #1 is full.

  • Visitors lot #3: is located at the corner of Edenton and McDowell Streets.   We recommend you go here if Visitor’s Lot #2 is full.

Click on the map link to see the locations of each visitor parking lot in relation to the legislative building.   Note that Visitor’s Lot #3 is not highlighted in this map.
Rates are charged by the hour and the parking lots are controlled by the Department of Administration.   Other city-owned lots and private lots are available throughout the downtown area.   Public spaces are available on some of the streets in the area of the Legislative Complex but parking is limited to Members and authorized staff on the streets adjoining the Legislative Complex.
Q: Where is the first place we go upon arrival?
A: Everyone needs to first visit the sign-in tent near the balloon arch upon arrival.   Upon sign in, everyone will be given the official National School Choice Week scarf to wear.   Because there will be local media present, it is very important for everyone to wear their scarf during the entire rally.
Q: Where are the restrooms?
A: According to the NGCA website, public restrooms are accessible inside the legislative building.   Click here to see additional details regarding building accessibility.
Q: This event is public and it is outside.   Why is an RSVP necessary?
A: Although it is true that the event is public and it is outside, we ask for RSVPs in case we must move to an alternate site indoors due to inclement weather.   If we need to move indoors it will be helpful for us and facility management to know approximately how many people to accommodate.




January 21-27, 2018