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

By: Ashlei Brittany

Last Upated: April 15, 2021

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

Gem State Parents Find New Ways to Celebrate Learning, Support Opportunity for All

Boise– In the midst of a school year like no other, Idaho families and educators are gearing up to safely spotlight education options during School Choice Week 2021.

Idaho families, schools, and organizations are hosting 219 virtual or at-home celebrations during the Week. One of the most notable state events will be a virtual panel equipping parents with information about all school choices in Idaho on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The week will also feature a statewide “Wear Yellow Day,” a school choice-themed virtual escape room, and a day of action for parents to share their school choice stories.

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 Boise, 8th and Main will light up from sunset to sunrise during National School Choice Week.

A growing number of communities have issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their community, including the Idaho county of Kootenai and the cities of Heyburn and Meridian.

“Every child is unique—even siblings sometimes need different learning environments,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “When Idaho parents can choose from an array of learning options, they can pair their child with the school that matches their unique strengths and needs. This National School Choice Week, we challenge every family to take a look at the learning options available to them and to share information about what they find with friends and neighbors.”

In Idaho, there are a variety of educational options available including: traditional public schools with flexible open enrollment, charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling.

Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho 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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