THIS WEEK: Alaska Families, Educators Spotlight Importance of K-12 Education Options

By: Ashlei Brittany

Last Upated: April 15, 2021

THIS WEEK: Alaska Families, Educators Spotlight Importance of K-12 Education Options

Governor Mike Dunleavy Issues Proclamation Recognizing Jan. 24-30 as Alaska School Choice Week

Juneau– In the midst of a school year like no other, Alaska families and educators are gearing up to safely spotlight K-12 education options during School Choice Week 2021. Alaska families, schools, and organizations are hosting 66 virtual or at-home celebrations during the Week.

Taking place annually since 2011, School Choice Week is America’s largest celebration of educational choice. While typically the Week is packed with large, in-person events, school choice advocates have adapted to this year’s health and safety protocols, opting for drive through scavenger hunts, virtual information sessions and showcases, online contests, drive-in movie screenings, and more.

Across the country, more than two dozen iconic U.S. landmarks and notable buildings will light up in special colors to mark the Week. In Alaska, the JL Tower in Anchorage will light up in red and yellow all week from Jan. 24-30.

Additionally, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 24-30 as Alaska School Choice Week.

“Alaska is a beautiful state, and its students deserve an excellent education,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “During a challenging school year, School Choice Week is a reminder to show gratitude to Alaska’s schools and educators, and to speak up for the learning opportunities families still need.”

In Alaska, there are a variety of educational options available including: traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online schools, and homeschooling.

Alaska families will be raising awareness about these choices at their virtual celebrations, which make up some of the more than 33,000 planned nationwide to spotlight K-12 education options.

To download a guide to Alaska school choice, use the Schools Near Me tool to search for schools in your area, or see celebration photos and proclamation updates, visit National School Choice Week’s Alaska state page.

National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort; the Week is nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.

Select local celebrants are available to discuss their plans with reporters upon request. For information on celebrations planned near you, reach out to us with information about your coverage area at [email protected].

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National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective education options for children and is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in K-12 education. The Week is a not-for-profit effort that focuses equally on traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home education options. Every January, participants plan tens of thousands of events and activities to raise awareness about school choice across all 50 states. Year-round, National School Choice Week develops resources and guides to assist families searching for schools or learning environments for their children.

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