THIS WEEK: 426 Events Planned in Virginia to Raise Awareness About Education Options

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

RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Virginia and across the
country. There are 426 events planned in the Old Dominion State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Virginia, 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 education fair January 24 at Chilhowie Christian Church.

The county of Northampton and cities of Dublin, Portsmouth,
Purcellville, and Tazewell have issued official proclamations
recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”

National School Choice Week provides families in Virginia 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.

“Research shows that school choice increases student achievement, boosts
graduation rates, and provides children with the tools and knowledge
they need to pursue their dreams,” said Andrew Campanella, president of
National School Choice Week. “During National School Choice Week,
Virginia families will raise awareness of the benefits of school choice,
while speaking out about the importance of expanding opportunity to even
more 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.


  • According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
    Virginia can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
    school year. Parents in the Old Dominion 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.


  • 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