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

By: Ashlei Brittany

Last Upated: April 15, 2021

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

Governor Spencer Cox Issues Proclamation Recognizing Jan. 24-30 as Utah School Choice Week

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

Utah families, schools, and organizations are hosting 244 virtual or at-home celebrations during the Week. One of these activities will be the launch of a video series highlighting Utah charter school students, teachers, parents, and staff across the state.

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 Spencer Cox has issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 24-30 as Utah School Choice Week. A growing number of communities have issued proclamations recognizing the Week, including the Utah cities of Orem and Price City.

“National School Choice Week unites educators, leaders, and families in pursuit of a common goal: educating and inspiring children for the future,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “During this challenging year, let’s show our gratitude for great Utah schools and educators, and talk about how we can better serve Utah families.”

In Utah, there are a variety of educational options to attend including: traditional public schools with flexible open enrollment, charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. Utah students with special needs may qualify for a state-run scholarship program for private schools.

Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah 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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