Tennessee students, communities to hold over 200 events as part of nation’s largest-ever celebration of school choice

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week” in Tennessee. Governor Haslam joins more than two dozen other governors and 210 mayors and county leaders nationwide in issuing proclamations.

With more than 200 events being held to celebrate the Week in Tennessee alone – and with more than 16,000 independently organized events across all 50 states – National School Choice Week will be America’s largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education. Events will include rallies, round-table discussions, coffeehouse meet-ups, festivals, school fairs, and more.

As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week seeks to raise public awareness about school choice to start tens of thousands of individual conversations across our country about the need for, and benefits of, educational opportunity.

“Tennessee recognizes the essential role that an effective and accountable system of education plays in preparing children to be successful adults,” said Governor Haslam. “School Choice Week raises the awareness of the importance of education options.”

“We are grateful for Governor Haslam’s support for School Choice Week in Tennessee,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Millions of people across the country, regardless of which type of schooling they choose, are united in their view that greater choice means greater opportunities for our children to thrive.”

Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Through thousands of independently planned events across the country, National School Choice Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices available to children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.