National School Choice Week begins next week

By A.P. Dillon

January 17, 2024

RALEIGH — National School Choice Week this year will be held from Jan. 21 through Jan. 27. 

According to National School Choice Week’s (NSCW) official website, over 27,000 events are planned across all 50 states. Additionally, 70 flagship events in 46 states will be held this year. 

Notable annual events being held in North Carolina include: 

Jan. 24 – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina will hold an event that includes a student showcase, student performances and remarks from legislative leaders from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its office in Raleigh. NSCW considers this a “flagship” event. Registration for the event is requested: 

Jan. 25 – The NC Charter Association of Public Charter Schools will hold a luncheon at Traine Seaboard Station in Raleigh. An RSVP was required by Jan. 18, per the organization’s website. Questions or inquiries can be sent to [email protected] 

Jan. 26 – The John Locke Foundation is holding its school choice event at the Marriott at Crabtree Valley from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., however, the event appears to already be sold out. The event will include a poll presentation, parent testimonials, and student performances. 

Jan. 27 – The North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools and the National School Choice Awareness Foundation will host a school fair at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free and is also considered a “flagship” event by NSCW.  

The NSCW website currently shows 16 governors have already proclaimed ‘School Choice Week’ in their state.  

Gov. Roy Cooper is not expected to issue a proclamation as the governor’s website still bears an “education state of emergency” banner which was installed following the expansion of school choice in the state during 2023.