School Choice Week is being celebrated nationwide next week, and just as in preceding years this year's celebration will include more events than ever before.
Shelby Doyle of School Choice Week reports more than 32,000 events are set to take place Sunday through Saturday (January 21-27). While much in the way of school choice has been accomplished, Doyle says some groups are using the occasion to highlight that more choice is needed in their individual states.
"A lot of states like Arizona are on the cutting edge of school choice," she begins, "but there are other places where things like charter schools aren't available to students or open enrollment could be expanded – and we do see a lot of people use the week to speak up on behalf of those ideas."
Although the next school year seems far off, Doyle says now is the time for parents to start thinking about the school-choice programs they want to take advantage of in their state.
"It's about time to start looking into school tours – and if you are going to make a change, it can take a little bit of time to get the information you need and the paperwork started to make that happen," she explains. "So we do encourage parents to use the week to actually look at those new schools for next year."
SchoolChoiceWeek.com offers more information on school choice and related events taking place across the country.