New Mexico Celebrates School Choice Week

EDUCATION News:

  • The Land of Enchantment plays key role in National School Choice Week, Gov. Martinez issues proclamation.

SANTA FE –– National School Choice Week begins today in New Mexico and across the country. There are 190 events planned in the Land of Enchantment to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in New Mexico, 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. Highlighted events include a large school choice celebration January 23 at noon at the New Mexico State House.

The County of Eddy, City of Loving, and Gov. Susana Martinez have issued official proclamations recognizing Jan. 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week.”

National School Choice Week provides families in New Mexico with the opportunity to research and evaluate the K-12 school choices available for their children in advance of the 2017-2018 school year. The Week also raises awareness of the importance of providing every child with effective education options.

“We look forward to gathering together with a diverse coalition from across the state to highlight the difference that a great education can make in a student’s life,” said Greta Roskom of the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools. “We look forward to the National School Choice Week annually as a platform to share our success stories.”

“By working together, parents, students, teachers, and community leaders will raise important awareness about educational opportunity in New Mexico during National School Choice Week,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “The goal of this Week is to celebrate school choice where it exists, and provide a platform for people to demand even greater opportunities in education.”

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.

SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR NEW MEXICO FAMILIES

According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in New Mexico can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents in the Land of Enchantment can choose from the following education options for their children: traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. In some parts of the state, open enrollment policies allow parents to select the best traditional public school, regardless of where the school is located.

ABOUT NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK

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 Jan. 22-28, 2017. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

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