National School Choice Week is the largest celebration of educational opportunity in US history and Alabama is playing a big part.

National School Choice Week began Monday all across the country. There are 242 events planned in the Yellowhammer State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Alabama, 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 rally January 27 at 11 a.m. at the Marriott Renaissance Ballroom in Montgomery.

The counties of Cullman and Madison; cities of Athens, Atmore, Clanton, Coosada, Daphne, Falkville, Fort Deposit, Georgiana, Greensboro, Harpersville, Huntsville, Loxley, Midland City, and Selma; and Governor Bentley have issued official proclamations recognizing January 22-28, 2017 as "School Choice Week."

National School Choice Week provides families in Alabama 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.

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.

According to National School Choice Week's organizers, families in Alabama can use the Week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents in Alabama can 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 programs allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to receive scholarships or tax credits to attend private schools.

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