BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--School Choice Week began in Massachusetts and across America this Sunday, with the goal of raising awareness about the options that parents have for their children's education.
The Week will feature 383 events and activities across the Bay State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations.
Nationwide, 32,240 events and activities are being organized to raise awareness during National School Choice Week (Jan. 21-27, 2018), and nearly 7 million Americans are expected to participate. It will be the largest series of education-related events and activities in U.S. history.
The Week brings attention to the different education environments that are available for Massachusetts’s 1.4 million children. For example, families in Massachusetts can choose from traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. The state's public school open enrollment policy is one of the nation's broadest and most accommodating. The state also offers tuition-free, public online schooling.
Governor Charles Baker issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 21-27 as Massachusetts School Choice Week. In addition, the of and the cities of Fall River, West Springfield, and Dracut have issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their community.
“Each year we like to participate in School Choice Week by having spirit weeks, and each day is something new for the students to get excited about! It is important for everyone, even very young children, to know how valuable school is, and that they should always have a choice when it comes to their education,” said Mandy Chaput, director of early learning at the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts, a child care program serving 105 children in grades pre-K to 8 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Celebrated since 2011, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort. The Week is nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and it is not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.
“Massachusetts families have a variety of quality, effective options for their children’s education,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “We hope that parents use the resources provided by National School Choice Week to evaluate the schooling options available for their children, while celebrating the tremendous progress that has been made towards enhancing the quality of education across Massachusetts.”
To download a guide to school choice in Massachusetts, or to learn more about featured events in the Bay State, visit https://schoolchoiceweek.com/states/Massachusetts.
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National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a spotlight on effective education options for children. National School Choice Week celebrates all types of school options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Learn more at www.schoolchoiceweek.com or highlight school choice on social media using hashtag #schoolchoice.