BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National School Choice Week begins today in Louisiana and across the
country. There are 244 events planned in the Pelican State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 16,140 events nationwide.
The events in Louisiana, 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.
The mayors of New Orleans and Shreveport have issued official
proclamations recognizing January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week.”
“Louisiana has developed some of America's most diverse and innovative
school choice policies and offerings,” said Andrew R. Campanella,
president of National School Choice Week. “National School Choice Week
will shine a positive spotlight on these options so that more parents
can learn about the opportunities available to their kids.”
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 LOUISIANA FAMILIES
According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
Louisiana can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2016-2017
school year. Parents in the Pelican 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 private school choice programs that allow qualifying
children, in some cases, to receive scholarships to attend private
schools and allow parents to deduct private school tuition from their
state income taxes.
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 24-30, 2016. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.