Austin– Families and educators who’ve chosen a wide variety of schools celebrated educational opportunity for Texas’s nearly 10 million students during School Choice Week.
The Week featured 4927 events and activities across the Lone Star 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 planned at the Texas State Capitol. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Houston and Pasadena.
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. Gov. Abbott issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Texas School Choice Week. In addition, the counties of Hood, Panola, Potter, Tyler, and Wilson and the cities of Addison, Allen, Anna, Anson, Balcones Heights, Brazoria, Combine, Corinth, Farmers Branch, Ferris, Grapevine, Honey Grove, Irving, Keller, Kennedy, Lexington, Magnolia, McKinney, Prairie View, Richardson, Seagoville, Selma, Seven Points, Sulpher Springs, and Tomball 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.
“We want to make sure that in our community – even though we live in a very poor neighborhood – the parents know that we do have resources for students. We promote that, we make people aware. We try to create well-rounded students… We also want to inform students when they are fifth graders that they have choices [for middle school],” said Victoria Orozo-Martinez, principal at De Zavala Elementary, a traditional public school serving 610 students, in Houston, Texas.
“Texas families have a growing variety of school choice options for their children’s education, and we hope parents will use National School Choice Week to research 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 Lone Star State, visit schoolchoiceweek.com/states/texas.
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