Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 614 Events and Activities in Maryland to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Annapolis– Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders celebrated options in K-12 education during School Choice Week.   

The Week featured 614 events and activities across the Old Line 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 Bowie, Laurel, and Millersville.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as the Capital Gazette and WBOC 16, 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 Lawrence Hogan, Jr. issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Maryland School Choice Week. In addition, the cities of Boonsboro, Morningside, Mount Airy, Snow Hill 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 Maryland 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 Old Line 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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