Michelle Malkin skipping State of the Union to promote school choice in Colorado Springs?

Michelle Malkin seldom misses an opportunity to rip President Barack Obama. But at 7 p.m. tonight, when Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address, the Fox News contributor appears to be otherwise occupied. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Colorado Springs, she's slated to take part in a panel about The Cartel, a documentary by Bob Bowdon that touts school choice.

Look below to get press-release details about the event, as well as to see two videos from The Cartel website:

TONIGHT: Michelle Malkin Comes to Colorado Springs to Promote School Choice (1/25/2011)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Nationally-recognized columnist and political analyst Michelle Malkin will join hundreds of citizens from across the Colorado Springs area tonight, January 25, 2011, for a screening of the award-winning documentary, The Cartel. The event, a commemoration of National School Choice Week, will include a discussion of the need to improve education in Colorado and across the nation.

Malkin, a FOXNews contributor, will join Jeff Crank, Colorado State Director of Americans for Prosperity, in speaking at the event. Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity-Colorado; Parents Challenge; The Vanguard School; and Colorado Springs Charter Academy, the forum will start at 6:30 pm at The Vanguard School at 1605 South Corona Avenue in Colorado Springs.

The Cartel -- which portrays a public education system that is beholden to special interests, ignores the needs of parents, and misallocates hundreds of millions of dollars intended to help children -- has served as a rallying cry for advocates who want to give parents immediate educational options for their children. The trailer and reviews are available at: TheCartelMovie.com.

National School Choice Week, January 23-29, 2011, will shine an unprecedented spotlight on the need to dramatically improve educational outcomes for children and will highlight the benefits of school choice programs. Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in events across the country during the week, which is being organized by more than 150 national and state groups.

"This event in Colorado Springs will continue an important debate on the need to provide parents with access to the best schools for their children," said Kyle Olson, executive director of National School Choice Week. "At the end of the week, we hope that more parents will begin to demand enhanced educational options for their children and that lawmakers in Colorado and across the nation will take notice."

For more information about this and other events, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

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