THIS WEEK: Michigan Students, Parents Celebrate School Choice at 730 Events Statewide

Gov. Snyder joins 16 City, County Leaders in Issuing School Choice
Week Proclamations

LANSING, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Michigan and across the
country. There are 730 events planned in the Great Lakes State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Michigan, 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 celebration January 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Charles H.
Wright Museum of African American History Rotunda .

The cities of Centreville, Chikaming, Columbus, Erie, Fife Lake, Ira
Township, Ishpeming Township, Kalkaska, La Salle Township, Lapeer,
Niles, Parma Township, Roscommon Township, Vienna, West Branch, and
Whiteford and Governor Snyder have issued official proclamations
recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”

National School Choice Week provides families in Michigan 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.

“It doesn’t matter whether a student attends a public, private, or
online school,” said Ben DeGrow of the Mackinac Center for Public
Policy. “Detroit families need even more access to quality educational
options like those represented at our event.”

“Michigan families will use National School Choice Week as an
opportunity to celebrate the education options available to children,
while speaking out in favor of even greater opportunity in education,”
said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

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
    Michigan can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018
    school year. Parents in the Great Lakes 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.


  • 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
of Communications and External Relations