National School Choice Week today released School Choice Trends Across the Country: A Quick Reference Guide for Journalists. Designed to provide reporters and producers with school choice data to complement their coverage of National School Choice Week events, the guide provides details on school choice options available for children and families in states across the country.
The guide provides information on which states offer open enrollment in traditional public schools, allow for the creation of public charter schools, offer public magnet schools, have created private school choice programs, have opened full-time online academies, and allow parents the freedom to homeschool their children.
"School choice policies vary from state to state," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "As tens of millions of Americans prepare to participate in National School Choice Week this January, it is important to remember that although more parents are actively choosing education environments for their children than ever before, the variety and diversity of school choices available for children is different in each state."
According to School Choice Trends Across the Country:
– 46 states offer some type of open enrollment policy for traditional public schools.
– All 50 states offer public magnet schools.
– 43 states allow for the creation of public magnet schools.
– 27 states offer private school choice scholarship or tax deductions.
– 41 states allow students to attend full-time, tuition-free online academies.
– All 50 states allow parents the freedom to educate their children in the home.
National School Choice Week 2016 will feature an unprecedented 16,140 events across America. Events, which are independently planned by schools, organizations, homeschool groups, chambers of commerce, community leaders, and individuals, are designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for children. The Week will be the largest series of education-related events in US history.