This was School Choice Week in Utah with 275 events across the state, including a STEM and charter school fair Saturday in Sandy.
Shelby Doyle, Communications Director for National school choice, said it is a public awareness effort.
“The goal of the week is to help parents and families take a look at all the K-12 education options that they have wherever they are located in the country,” Doyle said, “and assess those options and start the process of choosing what school might make sense for their family.”
She said choices for Utah’s 905,000 children include public schools, charter schools, private schools, public magnet schools and also homeschooling.
“The week really started because of the huge growth of the types and the number of options that parents have. A generation or two ago half of the options that exist now for parents were just getting off the ground or didn’t exist at all.”
National School Choice Week is held every January and is the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in K-12 education.
Elected officials and community leaders are recognizing the importance of educational opportunity by officially recognizing the Week. Governor Gary Herbert issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 20-26 as Utah School Choice Week