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Numerous events planned in Missouri to commemorate School Choice Week

Gov. Mike Parson has declared Jan. 26-Feb. 1 as School Choice Week in Missouri. In addition, the counties of Newton, Schuyler and Benton and the cities of St. Peters, Wentzville, Dixon, Moscow Mills, Des Peres and Moline Acres issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their communities

One of the biggest events taking place in the state will be a rally on Jan. 29 at the capitol rotunda. Around the country, Americans will be celebrating with school open houses, pep rallies, screenings of the movie “Miss Virginia,” sports competitions, school fairs and more.

Missouri has a variety of educational options available, including traditional public schools with some limitations to open enrollment, charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools and homeschooling. Parents who find the right school fit can attest to the difference a school can make in a child’s life.

“Everyone in the school system is a big help with my son — the Wentzville transportation department, the bus drivers and the department heads,” said Rhonda, a National School Choice Week participant and resident of Wentzville. “The Timberland High School staff is easy to get in contact with, and the communication is incredible. My son is a senior and he will be graduating on time because of Timberland.”

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.

“National School Choice Week is the ideal time for Missouri parents to evaluate their education options for 2020-21 and talk about what learning environments their kids need to thrive,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

To download a guide to school choice in Missouri, see celebration photos and proclamation updates, or learn more about featured events, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com/states/missouri.