January 9, 2017 Print

In seven years, National School Choice Week has grown to 142 times its initial size.  National School Choice Week aims to celebrate school choice and talk about it in “a broad and inclusive way,” and this year’s event, held Jan. 22–28, promises to impart the inspiration and ideas necessary to broaden the country’s educational options for children.

“National School Choice Week provides a unique opportunity for Americans to join together on an issue that impacts all of us: educational opportunity,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, in a press release. “With growth each year, it’s clear that tens of millions of Americans are excited to celebrate the great education options in their communities and stand up for increased choice and access where it doesn’t yet exist.”

Atlas Network partner the State Policy Network has organized a school choice “Tweet Up” on Monday, Jan. 23, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET, which aims to spread awareness of National School Choice Week throughout social media using the #SchoolChoice hashtag.

According to National School Choice Week, “21,392 independently-planned events will take place from January 22-28 including pep rallies, science fairs, school tours, policy forums, and rallies in more than 25 state capitals. Of the 21,392 events, 16,758 are planned by schools, 2,168 by homeschooling groups, 1,358 by chambers of commerce, and many more by individuals, along with coalitions of policy, advocacy, and education organizations. Each event reflects the community and mission of the individual event planners, focusing on themes like parent information nights, registration fairs, and workforce readiness.”

National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. For more information, visit the organization’s newsroom.