THIS WEEK: Texas Shines Big Spotlight on School Choice at More than 1,500 Events

Gov. Abbott, 38 local leaders issue proclamations recognizing
School Choice Week.

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Texas and across the
country. There are 1593 events planned in the Lone Star State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Texas, 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 rally for school
choice January 24 at 10 a.m. at the state capitol building, south steps.

The counties of Terrell, Lynn, Collin, Shackelford, and Medina; cities
of Anthony, Balch Springs, Brazoria, Burnet, Caldwell, Cleveland,
Colorado City, Combes, Combine, Ferris, Friendswood, Hackberry, Hamlin,
Hillsboro, Honey Grove, Irving, Italy, Lyford, Manor, Marion, Mexia,
Midland, Nacogdoches, New Boston, Nocona, Sachse, San Benito,
Shenandoah, Tahoka, Tomball, Trinity, and Woodville; and Governor Abbott
have issued official proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as
“School Choice Week.”

National School Choice Week provides families in Texas 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.

“We are grateful that so many Texas families are working alongside
teachers, community leaders, and elected officials to celebrate
opportunity in education during National School Choice Week 2017,” said
Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “This week
represents the largest series of education-related events in Texas

“This annual event is a reminder to our legislators that parents in
Texas want more education freedom,” said event organizer Randan
Steinhauser. “The demand for more school choice is widespread and it’s
time for Texas to join the growing number of states that allow parents
the opportunity to choose their child’s education.”

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