PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National School Choice Week begins today in Arizona and across the country. There are 612 events planned in the Grand Canyon State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 16,140 events nationwide.
The events in Arizona, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups. On Friday, January 29, thousands of supporters will rally for school choice at the capitol.
Governor Doug Ducey, the mayors of Gilbert, Peoria, Phoenix, and Scottsdale, and county leaders from La Paz and Santa Cruz counties have issued official proclamations recognizing January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week.”
“Arizona continues to lead the nation in providing parents with a diverse and robust menu of K-12 education choices for their children,” said Andrew R. Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Arizona families have more educational choices for their children than families in most other states, and National School Choice Week will shine a positive spotlight on these options – and on the benefits school choice has provided to children and communities – so that more parents can learn about the opportunities available to their kids.”
With a goal of raising public awareness of effective education options for children, National School Choice Week will be the largest celebration of education options in US history.
SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR ARIZONA FAMILIES
- According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in Arizona can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Parents in the Grand Canyon State can choose from the following education options for their children: traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. Open enrollment policies allow parents statewide to select the best traditional public school, regardless of where the school is located. The state also has a program allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to receive scholarships to attend private schools.
ABOUT NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK
National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort spotlighting effective education options for children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling. The Week runs from January 24-30, 2016. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.