Press Release

Arizona Featured 1,058 Events and Activities to Raise Awareness About School Choice

Grand Canyon State Parents Discovered Education Options for Children During National School Choice Week

  • February 8, 2019
  • NSCW
  • Mary Tillotson
  • 202-480-2927 ext. 824

Phoenix– Families and educators all across Arizona celebrated what their schools offer and every families’ opportunity to choose a school during Arizona School Choice Week, Jan 20-26. 

The Week featured 1,058 events and activities across the Grand Canyon State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations. One of the largest events in the state was a student showcase at University of Arizona in Tucson. In addition, a student celebration was held in Mesa at Heritage Academy Charter School. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Tempe and Phoenix. 

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as the Arizona Capitol Times, the Phoneix Business Journal, and the Chamber Business News, among many others.  

Nationwide, 40,549 events and activities were organized to raise awareness during National School Choice Week (Jan. 20-26, 2019), and 10.8 million Americans are estimated to have participated. It was the largest series of education-related events and activities in U.S. history.  

On the local level, elected officials and community leaders recognized the importance of educational opportunity by officially recognizing the Week. Governor Douglas Ducey issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Arizona School Choice Week. In addition, the county of Santa Cruz and the cities of Avondale, Chandler, Dewey-Humboldt, Douglas, Flagstaff, Goodyear, Maricopa, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Scottsdale, and Yuma issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their community.  

Celebrated since 2011, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort. The Week is nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and it is not related to any legislative advocacy campaign. 

“We celebrate because we have many positive programs in our public K-5 elementary school that we enjoy highlighting during this special week,” said Julie Holdsworth, principal at Mesquite Elementary School, traditional public school serving 460 students in Casa Grande, Arizona.  

“Arizona is a national leader in providing a variety of unique and interesting K-12 school choice options for children, and we encourage Arizona parents to use National School Choice Week to explore those options.,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella.  

To download a guide to school choice or learn more about school choice in the Grand Canyon State, visit 

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