National School Choice Week Begins Today: 32 Governors and 240 Mayors and County Leaders Recognize “School Choice Week” With Official Proclamations

With 16,140 events nationwide, National School Choice Week 2016 will be the largest series of education-related events in US history.

WASHINGTON--()--The largest series of education-related events in US history begins today. National School Choice Week, which runs from January 24-30, 2016, will feature an unprecedented 16,140 events across the country. (

The governors of 32 US states, along with more than 240 mayors and county leaders, have issued official proclamations recognizing January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week” in their states and localities.

These elected leaders have called on residents to use National School Choice Week to “explore and identify the best education options available for their children.”

National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling.

Events during National School Choice Week – which are independently planned by schools, organizations, homeschool groups, chambers of commerce, organizations, and individuals – include everything from open houses at schools, school fairs, policy roundtable discussions, homeschool information sessions, and school assemblies.

There will also be rallies or events at 20 state capitol buildings during the Week, as well as a social media Thunderclap designed to get the hashtag #SchoolChoice trending (

“The goal of National School Choice Week is to raise awareness among parents that when it comes to their children’s K-12 education, they have options,” said Andrew R. Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “National School Choice Week also provides an opportunity for people who believe that parents should have more options for their kids to have their voices heard. We are grateful that so many students, parents, teachers, schools, organizations, and elected officials are joining us in this positive week of events, activities, and celebrations.”

US Governors Issuing Proclamations

Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Delaware Governor Jack Markell
Florida Governor Rick Scott
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Hawaii Governor David Ige
Idaho Governor Butch Otter
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Maine Governor Paul LePage
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
Ohio Governor John Kasich
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

The Alaska Legislature has also passed a resolution commemorating School Choice Week.

Select Mayors and County Leaders Issuing Proclamations

Mayors and county leaders from some of America’s most populous cities and counties have recognized National School Choice Week with official proclamations. These leaders include, but are not limited to:

Baltimore, Maryland (Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake)
Charlotte, North Carolina (Mayor Jennifer Roberts)
Clark County, Nevada (Board of Commissioners)
Cleveland, Ohio (Mayor Frank Jackson)
Denver, Colorado (Mayor Michael Hancock)
Jackson, Mississippi (Mayor Tony Yarber)
Jacksonville, Florida (Mayor Lenny Curry)
Kansas City, Missouri (Mayor Sly James)
Los Angeles County, California (Board of Supervisors)
Memphis, Tennessee (Mayor Jim Strickland)
Miami, Florida (Mayor Tomas Regalado)
Nashville, Tennessee (Mayor Megan Barry)
New Orleans, Louisiana (Mayor Mitch Landrieu)
Orlando, Florida (Mayor Buddy Dyer)
Phoenix, Arizona (Mayor Greg Stanton)
Sacramento, California (Mayor Kevin Johnson)
St. Louis (Mayor Francis Slay)
Tampa, Florida (Mayor Bob Buckhorn)
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Mayor Dewey Bartlett)
Washington, DC (Mayor Muriel Bowser)


National School Choice Week
Shelby Tankersley, 202-498-2927 ext 820
Communications and External Relations Manager


National School Choice Week
Shelby Tankersley, 202-498-2927 ext 820
Communications and External Relations Manager