The Daily Gamecock

Brief: School Choice Week promotes opportunity

Gov. Nikki Haley declared the week of Jan. 24 to Jan. 30 to be South Carolina's "School Choice Week." The week is recognized nationwide in order to promote educational opportunity and raise awareness about its benefits.

The National School Choice Week (NSCW) is held every January. More than 200 celebrations across South Carolina will run during the week, and there will be more than 16,000 events across the country. It is the country's largest celebration of its kind. Events will include school fairs, rallies and festivals.

The official proclamation, signed by Haley, recognizes the benefits of a high-quality education and highlights the variety of educational options available to children in South Carolina, such as public charter schools, virtual schools and homeschool programs. It concludes with a statement encouraging South Carolina residents "to work together to improve the quality of education and expand access to highly effective schools for young people."

NSCW president Andrew Campanella said, "Millions of people across the country, regardless of which type of schooling they choose, are united in their view that greater choice means greater opportunities for our children to thrive."