CHARLESTON, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--School Choice Week began in West Virginia 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 158 events and activities across the Mountain State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations. In addition, a policy roundtable is planned on Tuesday, January 23 at the Clarion Hotel in Harpers Ferry.
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 West Virginia’s more than 380,000 children. For example, families in West Virginia can choose from traditional public schools, public magnet schools, private schools, and homeschooling. The state's public school open enrollment policy is one of the nation's broadest and most accommodating
The county of Cabell and the cities of Belmont, Elkins, Keyser, Nitro, West Columbia, and Shepherstown have issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their community.
“School choice is why our halls are buzzing and our classrooms are full. What not to celebrate?” said Joyce Bibey, director of advancement and development at Our Lady of Peace School, a private school serving 205 students in grades K to 12 in Wheeling, West Virginia.
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.
“School Choice Week is an exciting time for West Virginia students, parents, and teachers,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “It is an opportunity for parents to research the education options available for their children, and also a time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the many incredible educators and school leaders in the state.”
To download a guide to school choice in West Virginia, or to learn more about featured events in the Mountain State, visit https://schoolchoiceweek.com/states/west-virginia.
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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