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

By: Ashlei Brittany

Last Upated: January 24, 2021

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

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

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

Nebraskans are hosting 171 virtual or at-home celebrations during the Week. One of the most impactful of these will be a statewide “Why I Love My School” video contest open to all K-12 students.

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 video 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 Nebraska, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge will light up in red and yellow on Jan. 24.

A growing number of communities have issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week, including Nebraska’s Cass County.

“Nebraska offers some education options, but this past year has shown that families need more flexible choices that reflect their values and health needs,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “The Week provides an upbeat, hopeful time to talk about K-12 education and how we can better serve Nebraska kids.”

In Nebraska, there are a limited number of educational options available including: traditional public schools with flexible open enrollment, magnet schools, private schools, and homeschooling.

Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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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