Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 762 Events and Activities in Missouri to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Jefferson City– As thousands of Missourians celebrated School Choice Week, schools of all types are connected with their local community to raise awareness about education options.   

The Week featured 762 events and activities across the Show Me 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 Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. In addition, a school fair was held in St. Louis at the Grand Hall on Chouteau.   

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as KZIM KSIM and Fox 2 Now, 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 Michael Parson issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Missouri School Choice Week. In addition, the counties of Crawford and Newton and the cities of Belton, Boonville, Branson, Gideon, Lexington, Smithville, and Wentzville 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.   

“Missouri families have a growing variety of new and different school choice options, and we encourage parents to use National School Choice Week to evaluate these options for their children,” said National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella.   

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

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