THIS WEEK: 40 Events in Vermont to Raise Awareness About School Choice

The Green Mountain State plays key role in National School Choice
Week, the largest celebration of educational opportunity in US history.

MONTPELIER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Vermont and across the
country. There are 40 events planned in the Green Mountain State to
raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Vermont, 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 rally for school
choice January 25 at noon at the Vermont State House.

The cities of Dover and Waterford have issued official proclamations
recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”

National School Choice Week provides families in Vermont 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.

“With much of the nation and Vermont’s attention turned to school choice
in recent days, there’s no better time to show just how much Vermonters
support protecting the school choice we have and expanding it,” said
Brad Ferland, a local activist. “We look forward to gathering with
families from across Vermont in a unified celebration of opportunity in

“We are grateful that so many Vermont families are working alongside
teachers, community leaders, and elected officials to celebrate
opportunity in education during National School Choice Week 2017,” said
Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “This week
represents the largest series of education-related events in Vermont

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.


  • According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
    Vermont can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
    school year. Parents in the Green Mountain State can choose from the
    following education options for their children: traditional public
    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.


  • 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


National School Choice Week
Shelby Doyle, (202) 480-2927
ext. 820
Director of Communications and External Relations