Gov. McCrory declares this week as ‘School Choice Week’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory has declared this week as “School Choice Week” in North Carolina.

“National School Choice Week” began Monday across the country. Here in North Carolina, 412 events will be held across the state this week to commemorate School Choice Week. Overall, 16,140 events will be held throughout the U.S., according to a release from the National School Choice Week organization.

With the winter weather cancelling classes for many students in North Carolina, today is a good time for families to look into their options.

The events in this state are independently planned and funded and include everything from information sessions to open houses at schools to policy discussions, move screenings and rallies.

“Over the last several years, North Carolina has significantly expanded educational options for children and families in both the public and private sectors,” said Andrew R. Campanella, president of National School Choice Week in the release. “National School Choice Week provides families in North Carolina with the opportunity to research and evaluate the K-12 school choices available for their children, in time for the 2016-2017 school year.”

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 U.S. history, according to the release.

Parents in North Carolina will be able to choose from the following education options for their children: traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. The state also has a program that, in some cases, will allow qualifying children to receive scholarships to attend private schools.

For more information on School Choice Week, click here.

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