THIS WEEK: 94 Events in District of Columbia to Raise Awareness About School Choice

The nation’s capital plays key role in National School Choice
Week, the largest celebration of educational opportunity in US history.

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With many students home from school as the District of Columbia digs out
from Winter Storm Jonas, now is a great opportunity for parents to
explore school choice for their children. National School Choice Week
begins today in Washington, DC and across the country. 94 events will be
held to celebrate School Choice Week in the nation’s capital, weather
permitting, and 16,140 events will be held nationwide.

The events in District of Columbia, 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.

Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued an official proclamation recognizing
January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week.”

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
    District of Columbia can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the
    2016-2017 school year. Parents in the Nation’s Capital 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 District offers open
    enrollment policies that allow parents to select the best traditional
    public school, regardless of where the school is located. It also has
    a program allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to receive
    scholarships to attend private schools.


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