Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 518 Events and Activities in Minnesota to to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

St. Paul– Minnesotans came together to celebrate education, opportunity, and a wide variety of schools during School Choice Week.   

The Week featured 518 events and activities across the North 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 at the Minnesota State Capitol. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Hastings, Henderson, and Cologne.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as the International Falls Journal and the Chaska Herald, 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 cities of Caledonia, Centerville, Morristown, New London, Rice Lake, and Wadena 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 have celebrated National School Choice Week for several years and each year the students take more ownership for their school. The entire week we are able to acknowledge the importance of school choice and the loyalty and pride we have for our school beams enthusiastically from our little kindergarteners to our 8th-grade upperclassmen,” said Lynn Peterson, executive director at Cologne Academy, a charter school serving 630 students in Cologne, Minnesota.   

“Minnesota has been a national pioneer in providing parents with a variety of education options for their children, and I encourage Minnesota families to discover these options during National School Choice Week,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella.   

To download a guide to school choice or learn more about school choice in the North Star State, visit   

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