School choice means giving moms and dads the opportunity to select the best K-12 education environments for their individual kids. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. During National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2017), millions of Americans celebrated these effective education options for children. This page is designed to provide answers to questions that many parents have about school choice and National School Choice Week.
Do parents across America have school choice?
- More American parents have the opportunity to choose motivating, challenging, and effective educational environments for their children than ever before.
- A majority of states allow parents to choose traditional public schools outside of their traditional “zones,” through open enrollment policies.
- School districts across the country are creating tuition free magnet schools, which educate children based on a theme, such as math or the arts.
- Most US states allow for the creation of charter schools, which are tuition free public schools that operate with greater independence and flexibility than traditional public schools.
- In half of US states, students can access opportunity scholarships, tuition tax credits, or education savings accounts to attend qualifying private schools.
- Homeschooling is permitted in every state across the country.
- You can learn more about these six different types of education options by downloading our School Choice Definitions sheet.
- During National School Choice Week, all of these options are celebrated. However, the Week also provides a platform for parents to raise awareness about the need for even greater education options for children where they live.
How can I find out what school choices are offered in my area?
- Remember, school choice policies often vary by city, county, or school district. To get a better sense of the options available to you, you need to look at local resources, such as your state department of education’s website, or the website of one of our partner organizations in your state.
How can I choose a school for my child?
- Choosing an educational environment for your child is an intensely personal experience. Every child is different and has unique talents, challenges, and learning styles. Every family’s school choice journey is different and unique – and that’s a good thing! You can find five general tips on choosing a school for your child here.
What Is National School Choice Week?
- With more than 21,392 events in 2017, National School Choice Week is the world’s largest annual education-related celebration. In 2018, National School Choice Week will be held from January 21-27.
- National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort. We are nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and we do not advocate for or against any legislation.
How can I get involved?