The Mount Rushmore State plays key role in National School Choice
Week, the largest celebration of educational opportunity in US history.
PIERRE, S.D.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in South Dakota and across the
country. There are 59 events planned in the Mount Rushmore State to
raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.
The events in South Dakota, 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 celebration January 23 at Enemy Swim Day School in Waubay.
The cities of Freeman, Sioux Falls, and Watertown have issued official
proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”
National School Choice Week provides families in South Dakota 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.
“Research shows that school choice increases student achievement, boosts
graduation rates, and provides children with the tools and knowledge
they need to pursue their dreams,” said Andrew Campanella, president of
National School Choice Week. “During National School Choice Week, South
Dakota families will raise awareness of the benefits of school choice,
while speaking out about the importance of expanding opportunity to even
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 SOUTH DAKOTA FAMILIES
According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
South Dakota can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the
2017-2018 school year. Parents in the Mount Rushmore State can choose
from the following education options for their children: traditional
public schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and
homeschooling. The state also allows 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
Director of Communications and External Relations