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The Hoosier State Plays Key Role In National School Choice Week
Updated January 23, 2017 6:51 AM | Filed under: Education
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(UNDATED) - National School Choice Week begins today in Indiana and across the country. There are 466 events planned in the Hoosier State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Indiana, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups. Highlighted events include a large school choice celebration January 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conrad Downtown Indianapolis.

The county of Huntington and cities of Jeffersonville, Martinsville, Muncie, Osceola, Veedersburg, and Wayne Township have issued official proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as "School Choice Week."

National School Choice Week provides families in Indiana with the opportunity to research and evaluate the K-12 school choices available for their children in advance of the 2017-2018 school year. The Week also raises awareness of the importance of providing every child with effective education options.

"Over the past decade, Indiana has dramatically expanded access to effective K-12 education options for children and families," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "National School Choice Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of these choices and options, and it raises awareness of the importance of protecting these opportunities for future generations.

With a goal of raising public awareness of effective education options for children, National School Choice Week will be the largest celebration of education options in US history.

SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR INDIANA FAMILIES

According to National School Choice Week's organizers, families in Indiana can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents in the Hoosier State can choose from the following education options for their children: traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. In some parts of the state, open enrollment policies allow parents to select the best traditional public school, regardless of where the school is located. The state also has programs allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to receive scholarships or tax credits to attend private schools.

ABOUT NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK

National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort spotlighting effective education options for children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling. The Week runs from January 22-28, 2017. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.



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