THIS WEEK: Georgia Focuses on School Choice At Record-Breaking 621 School Choice Week Events

Gov. Deal Issues Proclamation Recognizing “School Choice Week” As
Peach State Prepares for History-Making School Choice Events

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Georgia and across the
country. There are 621 events planned in the Peach State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Georgia, 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 10 a.m. at Bright Futures Academy in Atlanta.

The counties of Talbot, Randolph, and Rockdale; cities of Austell,
Blakely, Brunswick, Centerville, Chickamauga, Hampton, Hazlehurst,
Loganville, Lovejoy, Madison, and Maysville; and Governor Deal have
issued official proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School
Choice Week.”

National School Choice Week provides families in Georgia 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.

“There’s no better platform than National School Choice Week to bring
together all the different leaders on school choice who invest in our
children’s futures,” said Eric Cochling, executive vice president for
the Georgia Center for Opportunity. “We’re looking forward to
spotlighting great schools and great school leaders from around the city
and state.”

“The past decade has seen a dramatic transformation of education in
Georgia,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice
Week. “Parents in Georgia now have more options than ever before for
their children’s education, and during National School Choice Week 2017,
those opportunities will be celebrated.”

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
    Georgia can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
    school year. Parents in the Peach 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.
Director of Communications and External Relations