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[December 06, 2013]

Largest U.S. Celebration of Educational Opportunity in 50 Days

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. --(Business Wire)--

In 50 days, the largest-ever national celebration of educational opportunity will kick off in all 50 states. In its fourth year, National School Choice Week 2014 will celebrate effective education options through 5,000+ independently planned and funded events that will take place from January 26 to February 1, 2014.

During the Week, a positive spotlight will shine on all types of education options -- from traditional public schools, to public magnet and charter schools, to private schools, to virtual schools, to home schooling. The nonpolitical, nonpartisan effort will bring students, parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials together to cheer for school choice where it exists and demand it where it does not.

As supporters prepare to celebrate the Week, more American families are actively choosing educational environments for their children than ever before:

  • 30 states allow intra-district open enrollment in traditional public schools; 44 allow inter-district open enrollment
  • 42 sttes allow the creation of independent public charter schools
  • 42 states have public magnet schools
  • 29 states have full- time virtual schools
  • 23 states offer private school choice programs, such as opportunity scholarships
  • All US states permit parents to homeschool their children

National School Choice Week's events will be augmented by a historic 14-city whistle-stop train and motor coach tour that was announced Tuesday. Planned by National School Choice Week, the tour will span 3,800 miles and feature special events in cities from Newark to San Francisco. Modeled after pioneering whistle-stop tours in American history, the events will call attention to the benefits of and need for greater educational opportunity for children and families.

"What started as a small effort in 2011 -- with 150 events -- has grown into the nation's premier celebration of educational opportunity," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "Everyone is encouraged to participate in our positive celebration of all types of educational choice. Together, we can send a clear and unmistakable message: that school choice works."

National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2014) is an independent public awareness campaign designed to shine a spotlight on effective education options for children. For more information, visit or follow NSCW on Twitter (News - Alert) at

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