COLUMBUS — National School Choice Week is this week in Ohio and across the country. There are 973 events planned in the Buckeye State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.
The events in Ohio, 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 family fun night January 26 at 6 p.m. at North Dayton School of Discovery.
The counties of Williams, Stark, Guernsey, and Cuyahoga; cities of Amherst, Beachwood, Belpre, Brown Township, Caldwell, Cheviot, Cleveland, Eaton, Grafton, Groveport, Hamilton Township, Jefferson Township, Kattering, Kenton, Lancaster, Liberty, Louisville, Macedonia, Madison, Mansfield, Piqua, Reynoldburg, Springboro, Struthers, Tiffin, Tipp City, and Willoughby Hills; and Governor John Kasich have issued official proclamations recognizing Jan. 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”
National School Choice Week provides families in Ohio 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.
“Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in Ohio have a lot to celebrate during National School Choice Week,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Ohio has long been a pioneer in providing a diversity of K-12 education options for children and families.”
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
• According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in Ohio can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents in the Buckeye 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.