Every year during the last week of January, supporters gather to celebrate National School Choice Week. Students from all over the nation adorn the trademark yellow scarves, learn the official dance, and celebrate the idea that all students should have access to high-quality educational options.
National School Choice Week started in 2011 with 150 events. This year, over 32,000 events are expected to take place representing every state in the nation. These events take many forms, but every event is an opportunity to celebrate students whose lives will be different because they were afforded the opportunity to select the school that works best for them.
Recently, PIE Network partner the Foundation for Excellence in Education asked families to share their school choice story by submitting a video in their Choices in Education Video Contest. Five winners and three runners-up were announced during National School Choice Week. You can view all the finalists’ submissions here.
PIE Network partner National Alliance for Public Charter Schools highlighted one of their own staff members, press assistant Briana Gilchrist. Gilchrist shared her own school choice story in a video posted to the NAPCS Facebook page.
PIE Network member Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri organized an event that showcased area students sharing poetry inspired by quality education options. The event was designed to put a spotlight on educational options for Missouri students and tell success stories in conjunction with National School Choice Week.
Take a look below at some other celebrations of school choice from across the Network:
Institute for Quality Education encouraged Indiana voters to contact policymakers in support of school choice.
More than 1,000 students, parents, and educators enjoyed a variety of student performances during a celebration at the University of Arizona.
Educate Nebraska was one of many partners that helped organize a rally on the steps of the state capitol.
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