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

By: Ashlei Brittany

Last Upated: January 24, 2021

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

Governor Henry McMaster Issues Proclamation Recognizing Jan. 24-30 as South Carolina School Choice Week

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

South Carolinians are hosting 720 virtual or at-home celebrations during the Week, including a statewide virtual school fair on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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 South Carolina, the Governor’s Mansion will light up all week from Jan. 24-30.

Additionally, Governor Henry McMaster has issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 24-30 as South Carolina School Choice Week.

“During this challenging school year, South Carolina educators and families are increasingly speaking up for how children need options, and different school choices can coexist,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “This School Choice Week is a time to celebrate all the parents, educators, and learning programs that inspire kids to happiness and dare them to be great. ”

In South Carolina, there are a variety of educational options to attend including: traditional public schools with open enrollment at the discretion of each district, charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. In South Carolina, students with disabilities may qualify for a state-run scholarship program.

South Carolina 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 South Carolina school choice, use the Schools Near Me tool to search for schools in your area, or see celebration photos and proclamation updates, including a video from Gov. McMaster, visit National School Choice Week’s South Carolina 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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