The Volunteer State plays key role in National School Choice Week,
Gov. Haslam issues official proclamation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Tennessee and across the
country. There are 367 events planned in the Volunteer State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.
The events in Tennessee, 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. Highlighted events include a
large community school choice celebration January 26 at 11 a.m. at Word
of Faith Academy in Memphis.
The counties of Union, Lawrence, and Lake and cities of Farragut,
Greenfield, Halls, Jackson, Kingston, and Lenoir City; and Governor
Haslam have issued official proclamations recognizing January 22-28,
2017 as “School Choice Week.”
National School Choice Week provides families in Tennessee with the
opportunity to research and evaluate the K-12 school choices available
for their children in advance of the 2017-2018 school year. The Week
also raises awareness of the importance of providing every child with
effective education options.
“School choice is within reach for so many members of the community who
may not know just how many options are available to them,” said Carra
Powell of the Tennessee Federation for Children. “We look forward to
connecting parents and families with the information and social
connections they need to make the most of school choice.”
“Over the last 10 years, educational opportunities for children and
families in Tennessee have grown significantly,” said Andrew Campanella,
president of National School Choice Week. “This is something to
celebrate, and National School Choice Week will provide an unprecedented
opportunity to celebrate the hard work and cooperation that made these
choices a reality.”
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 TENNESSEE FAMILIES
According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
Tennessee can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
school year. Parents in the Volunteer 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. In some parts of the state, open
enrollment policies allow parents 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 22-28, 2017. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.
National School Choice Week
Shelby Doyle, 202-480-2927 ext. 820
of Communications and External Relations