Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 1,394 Events and Activities in Michigan to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Lansing– Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders celebrated the great education that finding the right school choice can mean for a student during School Choice Week.  

The Week featured 1,394 events and activities across the Great Lakes 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 school fair and rally at the Michigan State Capitol in the rotunda. In addition, a student showcase and rally was held in Detroit at the Old Redford Academy Preparatory School. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Holland and Charlevoix.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as The Detroit News and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 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. The counties of Delta and Iosco and the cities of Bingham, Cannon, Columbus, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Edwards, Ferrysburg, Ira, Ishpeming, Meade, Port Sheldon, Saugatuck, Walker, and White Pigeon 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.   

“When it comes to school choice, Michigan families have a variety of options for their children’s education, and we encourage parents to use National School Choice Week to evaluate 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 Great Lakes 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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