OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National School Choice Week begins today in Oklahoma and across the
country. There are 177 events planned in the Sooner State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.
The events in Oklahoma, 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 fair January 26 at 4 p.m. at Oklahoma City Community
The county of Garvin and Governor Fallin have issued official
proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”
National School Choice Week provides families in Oklahoma 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.
“Choosing the right school for your child is incredibly important, and
information from schools and your local community is crucial to making
the right selection,” said Robert Ruiz of the Scissortail Foundation.
“We look forward to gathering families from across the city together for
a festive, functional time of exploring options and celebrating what
works in every sector of education.”
“Over the last 10 years, educational opportunities for children and
families in Oklahoma have grown significantly,” said Andrew Campanella,
president of National School Choice Week. “This is something to
celebrate, and National School Choice Week will provide an unprecedented
opportunity to celebrate the hard work and cooperation that made these
choices a reality.”
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 OKLAHOMA FAMILIES
According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
Oklahoma can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
school year. Parents in the Sooner 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 a program allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to
receive scholarships 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.