THIS WEEK: 918 Events in Illinois to Raise Awareness About School Choice

Governor Rauner proclaims “School Choice Week in Illinois;” the
Prairie State plays key role in National School Choice Week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National School Choice Week begins today in Illinois and across the
country. There are 918 events planned in the Prairie State to raise
awareness about K-12 school choice, and 16,140 events nationwide.

The events in Illinois, 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.

Governor Bruce Rauner, the mayors of Arlington Heights, Bloomington,
Bolingbrook, Elgin, Joliet, and Palatine, and county leaders from Peoria
and Will counties have issued official proclamations recognizing January
24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week.”

“School Choice Week provides families in Illinois with the opportunity
to research and evaluate the K-12 school choices available for their
children in time for the 2016-2017 school year,” said Andrew R.
Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “The Week also
raises awareness of the importance of providing every child with
effective education options.”

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
    Illinois can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2016-2017
    school year. Parents in the Prairie 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. The state also has a program
    allowing parents to deduct private school tuition from their state
    income taxes.


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
Shelby Tankersley, 202-480-2927 ext. 820
Relations and Communications Manager