Press Release

THIS WEEK: 943 Events and Activities in Tennessee to Raise Awareness About School Choice

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

  • January 18, 2019
  • NSCW
  • Mary Tillotson
  • 202-480-2927 ext. 824

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

The Week will feature 943 events and activities across the Volunteer State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations.    

Nationwide, 40,549 events and activities are being organized to raise awareness during National School Choice Week (Jan. 20-26, 2019), and 10.8 million Americans are expected to participate. It will be the largest series of education-related events and activities in U.S. history. One of the largest events in the state will be a press conference planned on Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:00 a.m. at the Tennessee State House in the Legislative Library.   

In Tennessee, there are many educational options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling. Students with special needs may be eligible for a publicly funded Individualized Education Account. Students in grades K-10 can enroll full-time in a tuition-free online school.    

On the local level, elected officials and community leaders are recognizing 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 have 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 featured events 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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