What is National School Choice Week?
We get this question all the time. National School Choice Week is a celebration featuring hundreds of events across the country – with thousands of participants in symbolic yellow scarves.
The Week provides an opportunity to celebrate school choice where it exists, and demand it where it does not. National School Choice Week believes that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children and supports a variety of school choice options, including high performing public schools, public charter schools, private schools, magnet schools, virtual schools and homeschooling. It is a time for the media and the public to hear our resounding message and a time to bring new voices into the chorus.
National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan effort with bipartisan support. Hundreds of organizations and over 3,000 schools feature special events and activities that highlight support for school choice programs and proposals, each using the week to advance their own messages of educational opportunity while uniting with like-minded people across the country.
Here's how National School Choice Week 2013 is shaping up:
So what are people who have participated in National School Choice Week saying about it?
Tree of Life Public Charter School – Washington, DC: "The supplies sent helped us jump start our enrollment one month early. It was a great event!”
Kaleigh Frazier – Communications Director, School Choice Ohio: “Our organization hosted three press events, including a NSCW kick-off press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, which resulted in significant print, radio and television coverage.
National School Choice Week gives our organization the opportunity to organize events around the state that help increase awareness of school choice options in Ohio. Our National School Choice Week events allowed us to engage Ohio legislators – we had 43 legislators who attended our events. We also worked to increase media coverage of school choice in Ohio by hosting three media events.”
Rev. Zeke Wharton - Forcey Christian School: “We had close to 100 people at our school’s open house where we trumpeted school choice. Our staff looked great in their yellow scarves. The visuals were very useful for promoting the cause! NSCW raised the awareness of school choice in our school community to unprecedented levels. We have some work to do in Maryland to better advocate for school choice, but raising awareness is an essential step. NSCW helped accomplish this.”
How can you get involved right now?
- Sign-up if you haven't already.
- Get a representative from your school to register for free materials to host a National School Choice Week event.
- If you're part of a school, business or other organization that supports school choice, be sure to show your organization's support by becoming a National School Choice Week partner.
- Participate in our School Choice Supporters campaign by printing out a placard, writing why you support school choice, and posting a photo of you holding the placard on social media.