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National School Choice Week Featured 878 Events and Activities in New Jersey to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Trenton– Parents, students, and teachers are celebrating the education options available in New Jersey during School Choice Week.   

The Week featured 878 events and activities across the Garden 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 school choice panel at The College of  New Jersey in Ewing. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Ewing and Short Hills.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as APP and The Advertiser-News, 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 Murphy issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as New Jersey School Choice Week. In addition, the county of Monmouth and the cities of Bloomingdale, Bordentown, Bound Brook, Brick, Camden, Clark, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hamilton, Linden, Montague, Moonachi, Old Tappan, and Winfield 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 participate in National School Choice week because our mission is to provide a mindful, collaborative and authentic Montessori experience for families. National School Choice Week facilitates awareness that there are many options available to parents and that it is a very important decision.” – Patricia Herrera, business administrator at Montessori Seeds of Education, a montessori school serving 50 students in Merchantville, New Jersey. 

 “National School Choice Week provides an opportunity for families in New Jersey 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 Garden 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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