Texas students, communities to hold over 1,200 events as part of nation's largest-ever celebration of school choice

Austin, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has officially proclaimed January 24 through 30, 2016 as “School Choice Week” in Texas. Governor Abbott joins more than two dozen other governors and 210 mayors and county leaders nationwide in issuing proclamations.

With more than 1,200 events being held to celebrate the Week in Texas alone – and with more than 16,000 independently organized events across all 50 states – National School Choice Week will be America's largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education. Events will include rallies, round-table discussions, coffeehouse meet-ups, festivals, school fairs, and more.

As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week seeks to raise public awareness about school choice to start tens of thousands of individual conversation across our country about the need for, and benefits of, educational opportunity.

“Texas are blessed to have many high-quality, dedicated teaching professionals in all types of education environments. No matter where they decide to send their children, it is important for parents in Texas to explore and identify the best education options available to their sons and daughters, as research demonstrates that providing children with multiple education options improves academic performance,” said Governor Abbott. “I encourage all Texans to learn more about the variety of educational options available and support families' ability to choose the educational environment that best suits their children's needs.”

“We are grateful for Governor Abbott's support for School Choice Week in Texas,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Millions of people across the country, regardless of which type of schooling they choose, are united in their view that greater choice means greater opportunities for our children to thrive.”

Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Through thousands of independently planned events across the country, National School Choice Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices available to children. These options include traditional public schools public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com, or visit www.facebook.com/schoolchoiceweek.