OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In the midst of a school year like no other, Oklahoma families and educators are gearing up to safely spotlight education options during School Choice Week 2021.
Oklahoma families, schools, and organizations are hosting 407 virtual or at-home celebrations during the Week. One of the biggest state activities will be a week-long virtual parent power summit bringing families live broadcasts with K-12 education information and resources.
Taking place annually since 2011, School Choice Week is America's largest celebration of educational choice. While typically the Week is packed with large, in-person events, school choice advocates have adapted to this year's health and safety protocols, opting for drive through scavenger hunts, virtual information sessions and showcases, online contests, drive-in movie screenings, and more. Across the country, more than two dozen iconic U.S. landmarks and notable buildings will light up in special colors to mark the Week.
Additionally, Governor Kevin Stitt has issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 24-30 as Oklahoma School Choice Week.
"National School Choice Week encourages local leaders, families, and educators to talk about how to improve access to learning options for all Oklahoma families," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. "Pandemic or no pandemic, every family deserves to be able to choose an education that reflects their unique strengths, values, and needs."
In Oklahoma, there are a variety of educational options to attend including: traditional public schools with open enrollment at the discretion of each district, charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. Oklahoma students in certain underperforming schools or who meet certain income guidelines can qualify for state-run scholarship programs.
Oklahoma families will be raising awareness about these choices at their virtual celebrations, which make up some of the more than 33,000 planned nationwide to spotlight K-12 education options.
To download a guide to Oklahoma school choice, use the Schools Near Me tool to search for schools in your area, or see celebration photos and proclamation updates, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com/oklahoma.
National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort; the Week is nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.
Select local celebrants are available to discuss their plans with reporters upon request. For information on celebrations planned near you, reach out to us with information about your coverage area at [email protected].
National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective education options for children and is the world's largest celebration of opportunity in K-12 education. The Week is a not-for-profit effort that focuses equally on traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home education options. Every January, participants plan tens of thousands of events and activities to raise awareness about school choice across all 50 states. Year-round, National School Choice Week develops resources and guides to assist families searching for schools or learning environments for their children.
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