THIS WEEK: Illinois Families Champion School Choice at 874 Events

30+ Mayors and County Leaders Issue School Choice Week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Illinois and across the
country. There are 874 events planned in the Prairie State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Illinois, 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 open house, bake sale, and concert January 29 at Our Lady of the
Snows Catholic School.

The counties of Jefferson and Will and cities of Arlington Heights,
Braidwood, Burbank, Cambridge, Carmi, Crete Township, Fox Lake,
Granville, Harvard, La Salle, Madison, Metropolis, Moline, Mount
Carroll, Mt. Pulaski, Olympia Fields, Palatine Township, Palos Park,
Pana, Peoria, Polo, Red Bud, Round Lake Heights, Schaumburg, Sparta,
Spring Grove, Spring Valley, Vienna, and Wayne Township have issued
official proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice

National School Choice Week provides families in Illinois 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 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
    Illinois can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
    school year. Parents in the Prairie 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. The state also has a program
    allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to receive tax credits 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
For more information, contact:
Doyle, 202-480-2927 ext. 820
Director of Communications and
External Relations