“School Choice Week” aims to raise awareness about education options for kids

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – School Choice Week started in South Carolina and nationwide, Sunday, with the goal of making sure parents know their options when it comes to their children’s education.

Organizers said in the Palmetto State alone, 607 events, like open houses, information sessions and school fairs, are planned to raise awareness. A celebration is planned for Wednesday, January 24, at the Columbia Convention Center.

The events will highlight the different education options available in South Carolina, which range from traditional public schools to charter and magnet schools. The state also offers a private school choice program and tuition-free, public online schooling.

Celebrated since 2011, National School Choice Week calls itself a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort.

“South Carolina families have a robust array of options for their children’s education, and we encourage parents to use National School Choice Week as a time to evaluate different educational choices for their kids,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

Governor Henry McMaster has issued an official proclamation recognizing January 21 through 27 as South Carolina School Choice Week. The cities of Darlington, Hardeeville, Liberty, Dillon, Bluffton, Blythewood, Bowman, Irmo, Surfside Beach, Port Royal and Richland County have issued their own proclamations recognizing School Choice Week.

Click here to download a guide to school choice in South Carolina, or to learn more about this week’s events.

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