Gov. Kay Ivey has declared Jan. 21-27, 2018 to be Alabama’s School Choice Week. The goal of the week is to raise public awareness on the options that parents have for their children’s education.
548 different events and celebrations will take place across the state over the course of the week, including; school fairs, open house events at schools, homeschooling information sessions, and other festivities. In addition to these events, a rally will be held on Thursday, January 25 at the Alabama State Capitol building.
School Choice Week brings awareness to the various education options available to Alabama’s 1.1 million children. Families in Alabama can pick from a plethora of learning environments including conventional public schools, public magnet schools, private schools, public charter schools, and homeschooling. Alabama also offers a tuition-free public online school which currently enrolls over 1,000 students across the state.
“Over the last several years, Alabama leaders have taken important steps toward providing parents with access to new and different education environments for their children,” stated Andrew Campanella, current president of National School Choice Week. “We encourage Alabama parents to use National School Choice Week as an opportunity to evaluate school options for their children, and we are grateful that so many schools, homeschool groups, and community organizations are holding events and activities during the week to spotlight their success.”
National School Choice Week, which is being celebrated in conjunction with Alabama’s, has been celebrated since 2011 as an independent public awareness effort. School Choice Week is nonpartisan and it is not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.
“School Choice Week is important for our school because we feel that we are in partnership with parents, children’s first educators, to provide the best educational opportunities for our future citizens,” explained Little Flower Catholic School principal Alesa Weiskopf. “Parents must have a choice. We are honored to be one of the choices and celebrate not only during School Choice Week but every day.”
In addition to Ivey’s declaration, the cities of Clanton, Greensboro, Huntsville, Brundidge, Selma, Phenix City, Georgiana, Westover, Ecletic, Troy, Elberta, and Southside have also issued declarations recognizing School Choice Week in their communities.
Nationally, 32,240 events and celebrations have been organized to raise public awareness over the course of The Week. Nearly 7 million Americans are expected to participate making it the largest series of education-related events in U.S. history.