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National School Choice Week Featured 1,911 Events and Activities in New York to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Albany– Families and educators who’ve selected all types of schools joined together to celebrate School Choice Week at nearly 2,000 local events across New York State.   

The Week featured 1,911 events and activities across the Empire 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 the New York Academy of Medicine in New York. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Schenectady and Buffalo.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as The Township Journal and The Daily Star, 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 Nassau and Rockland and the cities of Alexandria Bay, Ballston Spa, Brookhaven, Buffalo, Camden, Charlotte, Clarkstown, Clayton, Cohoes, Elmira, Galen, Henderson, Herkimer, Horseheads, Huntington, Lindenhurst, Middleport, Mount Hope, Silver Creek, Galen, Vienna, Elmsford, Wappinger, and Wawarsing 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.   

“National School Choice Week reminds us of the importance of celebrating our school! Our school is a very special place and we have much to be proud of!’ said Karen Leeper, assistant principal at Evergreen Charter School, a charter school serving 525 students in Hempstead, New York. 

“National School Choice Week provides an opportunity for families in New York and across America to evaluate their education options and research different schools in advance of the next school year,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella.   

To download a guide to school choice or learn more about school choice in the Empire 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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