Press Release

Arkansas Hosted Over 500 Events to Raise Awareness About National School Choice Week

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

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

Little Rock– Parents students, teachers, and communities planned more than 300 events and activities to celebrate School Choice Week in Arkansas.   

The Week featured 505 events and activities across the Natural 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 rally at the state capitol rotunda in Little Rock. In addition, school bus tours were planned in Star City, Pine Bluff, Sherwood, and Cabot at various schools. Additional school choice community events were held in Big Rock Township.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Newport Independent, and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette 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 Asa Hutchinson issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Arkansas School Choice Week. In addition, the counties of Crawford, Johnson, and White and the cities of Ash Flat, Ashdown , El Dorado, Forrest City, Horatio, Horseshoe Blend, and Mountain View 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.  

“For most of my students, this is their first school year in the U.S. They were fascinated to learn about the different options available in the U.S. and specifically right in our city,” said Rebecca Booth, ESOL teacher at Elmwood Middle school, a traditional public school serving 650 students in Rogers, Arkansas. 

“We encourage Arkansas families to evaluate their school choice options during National School Choice Week, when so many schools and homeschool groups are holding special events and activities,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella. 

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

For information on events planned near you, please send us an email with information about your coverage area to 

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