Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 431 Events and Activities in Washington to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Olympia– Parents, teachers, and students celebrated all the education options available to families during School Choice Week at hundreds of local events around the state.   

The Week featured 431 events and activities across the Evergreen State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Tukwila and White Salmon.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as News Talk KIT, among 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 Jay Inslee issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Washington School Choice Week. In addition, the counties of Lincoln and Stevens and the cities of Deer Park, Enumclaw, and Spokane Valley 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 provides an opportunity for families in Washington 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 Evergreen 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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