Press Release

National School Choice Week Featured 943 Events and Activities in Tennessee to Celebrate School Choice

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

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

Nashville– Tennessee schools, organizations, and individuals celebrated educational options and bright futures at nearly one thousand events during School Choice Week.   

The Week featured 943 events and activities across the Volunteer 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 press conference at the Tennessee State House in the Legislative Library. Additional school choice community events were held in locales such as Spring Hill and Franklin.  

Coverage of National School Choice Week spanned the state and featured stories in outlets such as The Chattanoogan and the Jackson Sun, 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 county of Megis and the cities of Collierville, Lenoir, Livingston, Martin, Mt. Juliet, and Unicoi 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.   

“During School Choice Week, we celebrate our love for education and students. The best choices are made by the most informed parents! We inform our parents and they choose us!” said Tarcia Gilliam-Parrish, principal at Kingsbury Middle School, an independent school serving 650 students in Memphis, Tennessee.   

“National School Choice Week provides an opportunity for families in Tennessee 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 Volunteer 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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