DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National School Choice Week begins today in Iowa and across the country.
There are 207 events planned in the Hawkeye State to raise awareness
about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.
The events in Iowa, 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 school choice
celebration January 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the State Historic Building
The counties of Monona, Dallas, and Jackson and cities of Burlington,
Calmar, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Grimes, Maquoketa,
Melcher-Dallas, Milford, Perry, Polk City, and Webster City have issued
official proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice
National School Choice Week provides families in Iowa 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.
“We enjoy many great educational options in Iowa and National School
Choice Week is a great time to raise awareness among parents about the
choices available to them,” said Trish Wilger of Iowa Alliance for
Choice in Education.
"Iowa provides a strong model for the effective implementation of school
choice options in a rural state," said Andrew Campanella, president of
National School Choice Week. "We are grateful that so many Iowa families
are benefiting from school choice, and that so many students, parents,
teachers, and community leaders will be celebrating National School
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 IOWA FAMILIES
According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
Iowa can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
school year. Parents in the Hawkeye State can choose from the
following education options for their children: traditional public
schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies,
private schools, and homeschooling. In some parts of the state, open
enrollment policies allow parents to select the best traditional
public school, regardless of where the school is located. The state
also has programs allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to
receive scholarships or tax credits 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.