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National School Choice Week is being observed January 23-29, 2022. It promotes “effective K-12 education options” and the focus is “equally on traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home education options.” You can explore the events being held across North Carolina here. Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed this North Carolina School Choice Week.

On this day — the first day of National School Choice Week — lifting up and thanking our public school educators seems inadequate but important. Thank you. Later today, I’ll be publishing an article on public school choice, market share, the 25th anniversary of charter schools, and the most pressing issues in 2022. And stay tuned for a love letter to all of the public schools I visited in 2021.

Our traditional public schools are serving 73% of all children ages 5-18 in North Carolina. Our public charter schools are serving another 7%. And our public school continue to be among the most innovative in the state and the country.

Public schools offer an abundance of choice for students and parents: year round, language immersion, single sex, early college, career academies, virtual academies, alternative schools, lab schools, many magnet options, and more. This week and every week, please talk about the choices they provide to our students and our parents.


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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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