THIS WEEK: Maryland Families, Educators Find the Positive in Education by Celebrating School Choice Week

By: Ashlei Brittany

Last Upated: April 15, 2021

THIS WEEK: Maryland Families, Educators Find the Positive in Education by Celebrating School Choice Week

Governor Larry Hogan Issues Proclamation Recognizing Jan. 24-30 as Maryland School Choice Week

Annapolis– In the midst of a school year like no other, Maryland families and educators are gearing up to safely spotlight education options during School Choice Week 2021. Maryland families are hosting 487 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.

Governor Lawrence Hogan, Jr. issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 24-30 as Maryland School Choice Week. In addition, the city of Morningside issued a proclamation recognizing School Choice Week in their community.

“This National School Choice Week is a time to set aside politics and talk about education partnerships,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “It’s a time to celebrate great school communities, where parents and teachers work together to customize education for kids. It’s a week to work together for affordable, workable learning options for all Maryland kids.”

In Maryland, there are a variety of educational options available including: traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, and homeschooling. Maryland families under a certain income level may qualify for a state-run scholarship program.

Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland 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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