THIS WEEK: Pennsylvania Will Raise Awareness About School Choice at 796 Events

The Keystone State plays key role in National School Choice Week,
36 mayors and county leaders issue official School Choice Week

HARRISBURG, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Pennsylvania and across the
country. There are 796 events planned in the Keystone State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Pennsylvania, 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 celebration of school choice January 27 at Tidioute Community
Charter School.

The counties of Somerset, Warren, Venango, Cumberland, Beaver, and Blair
and cities of Adams Township, Alsace Township, Archbald, Avalon, Bethel
Park, Bethel Township, Blooming Grove, Borough of Coudersport, Borough
of Danville, Borough of Gallitzin, Borough of Mckees Rocks, Borough of
Newtown, Borough of Ridgway, Borough of Slatington, Borough of West
Conshohocken, Borough of West Hazleton, Bratton, Carlisle, Conemaugh,
Connellsville, Gettysburg, Grove City, Hamilton Township, Hazle, Oxford
Township, Reading, Richland, Union Township, Upper Mount Bethel, and
Williamsport have issued official proclamations recognizing January
22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”

National School Choice Week provides families in Pennsylvania 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.

“Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in Pennsylvania have
a lot to celebrate during National School Choice Week,” said Andrew
Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Pennsylvania has
long been a pioneer in providing a diversity of K-12 education options
for children and 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
    Pennsylvania can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the
    2017-2018 school year. Parents in the Keystone 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