National School Choice Week begins today in Illinois and across the country. There are 874 events planned in Illinois to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in Illinois, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups.

National School Choice Week provides families in Illinois with the opportunity to research and evaluate the K-12 school choices available for their children in advance of the 2017-2018 school year. According to National School Choice Week’s organizers, families in Illinois can use the week to look for K-12 schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Week also raises awareness of the importance of providing every child with effective education options. Parents in Illinois can choose from the following education options for their children: traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling. The state also has a program allowing qualifying children, in some cases, to receive tax credits to attend private schools.

With a goal of raising public awareness of effective education options for children, National School Choice Week will be the largest celebration of education options in US history.  The Week runs from January 22 through 28. For more information, visit