This week is School Choice Week in Pennsylvania and across the country. More than 200 events were planned across the Keystone State, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide.
The Week, which is the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity, gives students, parents, and teachers in Pennsylvania a chance to raise awareness of the different types of educational options available to families in advance of the 2014-2015 school year. Events across the state will include rallies, school fairs, roundtable discussions, open houses, and parent information sessions.
National School Choice Week spotlights all types of education options for families – including traditional public schools, public magnet schools, charter schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling.
In addition to raising awareness of school choice options in Pennsylvania, the Week also provides students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to call on leaders in Harrisburg to expand access to high-quality education environments for children.
“Pennsylvania families know that when parents have the freedom to choose the best schools for their children, great things happen,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Student achievement increases, graduation rates rise, and children are better prepared for real life.”
Said Campanella: “Pennsylvania has long been a leader in providing parents with a robust menu of educational options for their children, and this Week is an opportunity to shine a positive spotlight on Pennsylvania’s remarkable successes.”
The Week officially kicked off at a major rally Saturday night in Houston, Texas. Today, students wearing National School Choice Week’s signature yellow scarves will ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.
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National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness campaign that shines a spotlight on effective education options for all children. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com