Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 441 Events and Activities in Mississippi to to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Jackson– Families and educators around the state celebrated how school choice empowers Mississippi families during School Choice Week.   

The Week featured 441 events and activities across the Magnolia 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 on the ground of the state capitol in Jackson. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Durant, Gulfport, and Yazoo City.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as the Daily Journal and the Clarion Ledger, 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 Phil Bryant issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Mississippi School Choice Week. In addition, the county of Benton and the cities of Moss Point, Goodman, and St. Paul Park 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 Mississippi 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 Magnolia State, visit   

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