School Choice Week celebrated in New Jersey

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Urban News Staff Reports

New Jersey families held several hundred events during the nation's 10th annual School Choice Week.

Schools, organizations, and individuals are participated in 1,136 events and activities, making up some of the 51,300 events planned nationwide to draw attention to K-12 education options. National School Choice Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1).

A student showcase took place on Tuesday at the Liberty Science Center. Around the country, Americans celebrated at school open houses, pep rallies, screenings of the movie "Miss Virginia," sports competitions and school fairs.

"There are many great schools in New Jersey," said Oguz Yildiz, Principal of Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School. "There is no reason why all children should not have an equal opportunity to attend those schools."

The county of Warren; borough of Hamburg; cities of Wildwood Crest, Clark, Bloomingdale, Montague, Franklin, Brick, Linden, Bordentown; and townships of Franklin, Bass River, Chatham, and Oxford issued proclamations recognizing Jan. 26 - Feb. 1 as School Choice Week in their communities.

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

In New Jersey, there are a variety of educational options to attend including: traditional public schools with open enrollment at the discretion of each district, charter schools, magnet schools, online schools, private schools, and homeschooling.

"National School Choice Week provides families across New Jersey with the opportunity to explore, visit, and evaluate schools that best meet their children's needs in advance of the 2020-2021 school year, while raising awareness of the importance of enhanced opportunity in K-12 education," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

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