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Badger State Parents Encouraged to Look Into Education Options for
Children During National School Choice Week

Governor Scott Walker Issues Proclamation Recognizing Jan. 21-27 as
Wisconsin School Choice Week

School Choice Week began in Wisconsin and across America this Sunday,
with the goal of raising awareness about the options that parents have
for their children's education.

The Week will feature 563 events and activities across the Badger State,
including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool
information sessions, and other celebrations. In addition, an education
expo is planned on Saturday, January 27 at the Mexican Fiesta in
Milwaukee.

Nationwide, 32,240 events and activities are being organized to raise
awareness during National School Choice Week (Jan. 21-27, 2018), and
nearly 7 million Americans are expected to participate. It will be the
largest series of education-related events and activities in U.S.
history.

The Week brings attention to the different education environments that
are available for Wisconsin's more than 1.3 million children. For
example, families in Wisconsin can choose from traditional public
schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools,
online academies, and homeschooling. The state's public school open
enrollment policy is one of the nation's broadest and most
accommodating. The state also offers a private school choice program and
tuition-free, public online schooling.

Governor Scott Walker issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan.
21-27 as Wisconsin School Choice Week. In addition, the county of Barron
and Crawford and the cities of Balsam Lake Village, Algoma, Baraboo,
Kaukauna, Neenah, Peshtigo, Viroqua, Lodi, Muskego, Prairie du Chien,
Pembine, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin Rapids, Wausau, Wrightstown,
Fontana, Denmark, Norway, and Lincoln have issued proclamations
recognizing School Choice Week in their community.

"Education is the key to success, so let's give all children access to
the best schools. Parents need to know their options in order to take
the best decisions for their children," said Tammy Olivas of Hispanics
for School Choice.

Celebrated since 2011, National School Choice Week is an independent
public awareness effort. The Week is nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and
it is not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.

"Wisconsin has been a national pioneer in expanding access to education
options for children and families," said Andrew Campanella, president of
National School Choice Week. "National School Choice Week is a time to
celebrate Wisconsin's incredible school choice success stories, and a
time for parents to discover all of the K-12 educational opportunities
available to children."

To download a guide to school choice in Wisconsin, or to learn more
about featured events in the Badger State, visit https://schoolchoiceweek.com/states/wisconsin.

For information on events planned near you, please send us an email with
information about your coverage area to pressoffice@schoolchoiceweek.com.

National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort
designed to shine a spotlight on effective education options for
children. National School Choice Week celebrates all types of school
options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools,
public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and
homeschooling. Learn more at
www.schoolchoiceweek.com
or highlight school choice on social media using hashtag #schoolchoice.

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