Press Release

Wilmington Schools and Families to Celebrate School Choice

  • January 16, 2019
  • Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina
  • Brian Jodice
  • (919)283-1204

WILMINGTON (Jan. 15, 2019) – Erika Merriman, a school leader at Southeastern Autism Academy, will share the school’s school choice success story at a rally in celebration of School Choice Week at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Cameron Art Museum.  

Students and teachers from other types of local schools will enjoy student performances at this celebration. To highlight the event, DJ Svoboda, the creator of My Imagiville (featured on PBS stations across the state), will share his powerful story. 

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states. 

“School choice in North Carolina is no longer a trend; it has become mainstream in our state,” said Brian Jodice, executive vice president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. “Every day, parents are more empowered with choice in their children’s education. Our robust public-school system, growth in public charter schools, and a trio of state-sponsored private school choice programs help ensure that families can send their children to the school that suits them best. We’re proud of that progress here in North Carolina and will shout out the good news during National School Choice Week. From Cherokee to Currituck, families are demanding school choice!”  

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, the event’s sponsor, is a non-profit organization that advocates for quality educational options through parental school choice.  

For more information, contact Brian Jodice at (940) 867-0750 or 

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