THIS WEEK: 157 Events in Iowa to Raise Awareness About School Choice

Governor Branstad proclaims “School Choice Week” in Iowa; hundreds
of supporters plan rally at the capital

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Iowa and across the country.
There are 157 events planned in the Hawkeye State to raise awareness
about K-12 school choice, and 16,140 events nationwide.

The events in Iowa, 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. On Tuesday, January 26, hundreds of supporters will
rally for school choice at the Iowa State Historical Museum.

Governor Terry Branstad has issued an official proclamation recognizing
January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week.”

“Iowa is a national leader in providing parents with an expansive array
of K-12 education choices for their children,” said Andrew R.
Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Iowa has
demonstrated to the nation that not only is school choice feasible in a
largely rural state – but that it is effective, too. National School
Choice Week will shine a positive spotlight on these options so that
more parents can learn about the opportunities available for their kids.”

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.


  • According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in
    Iowa can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2016-2017
    school year. Parents in the Hawkeye 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 private school choice programs that allow qualifying
    children, in some cases, to receive scholarships to attend private


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 24-30, 2016. For more information, visit


National School Choice Week
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