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School Choice Week: Public Schools

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It's national school choice week, this week.

Yesterday, we looked d at one family's choice to educate their kids at home.

Tonight, we'll show you a new option.

Melinda Bolton introduces us to one family that chose to go public.

Pastor Ken Nelson moved his family to Minot from Nebraska and continued to keep faith in public education. Middle daughter, Else-Marie feels that big schools like Minot High offer a well rounded experience, even if it isn't faith based.

(Else-Marie Nelson, Student) "At Minot High, the advantage of public school I think is that I can see the way that other people believe and think and base my choices on that."

Her Father doesn't think that a big student body works against the quality of education his girls receive. In fact Ken feels that in spite of growing numbers, teachers adjust and encourage students accordingly.

(Ken Nelson, Pastor & Parent) "They've been really good when seeing that maybe our kids can go a little deeper in a few of their subjects. And so in that regard I compliment them. It's a tough job because you've got so many different learning styles and paces kids can learn at."

"These numbers also offer a lot of academic and extra curricular activities, though Else-Marie does not need too much encouragement to get involved.

(Else-Marie Nelson, Student) "I'm in band. I've been in band for four years. I was the captain of the swim team last fall and I've been swimming for six years. I'm on the track team and I've been participating in that for four years. At central campus I was a part of French Club and Student Government for two years as well."

With all the programs Minot's public schools have to offer, there is one important one that is not listed on any form; Empathy. Ken's youngest daughter has missed a lot of school with some health issues.

(Ken Nelson, Pastor & Parent) "Jim Hill's administrators have been phenomenal because she's missed a lot of school this last year because of some health issues and they've been very cooperative."

For families like the Nelson's, diversity, opportunity and trust in the educational system, add up for one magic fit. Melinda Bolton KX News.

Tomorrow, we will wrap up our school choice series with a focus on a Bishop Ryan family.

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