School Choice Week brings support to Indiana families


INDIANAPOLIS –
Schools, organizations, and individuals are planning 617 celebrations of educational opportunity this month as traditional public schools,
public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning options, private schools, and home educators highlight their unique choices.
During the last two years, families and educators in Indiana have faced the academic consequences of the pandemic. A survey this month by the National School Choice Awareness Foundation showed that 53.7% of parents have recently explored or are currently considering new options for their child’s education.

Across the country, parents can choose between traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, homeschooling, and newer options like learning pods or microschooling.

Indiana families have relatively restricted options to choose traditional public schools through open enrollment options, but there are many public charter and public magnet schools available. The state also offers many free, full-time online public schools, and nearly 80% of Indiana students are eligible for a voucher or tax-credit scholarship to help families afford a private school. Within the past year, Indiana created a new education savings account program for students with special needs.

“School Choice Week seeks to help parents and kids navigate and celebrate learning,” said Andrew Campanella, president and CEO of the National School Choice Awareness Foundation. “In Indiana, we look forward to a week of positive celebrations, fruitful conversations, and practical opportunities for families and educators across the state.”

To download a guide to Indiana school choice, use the school finder tool to search schools in your area or see celebration photos visit schoolchoiceweek.com/indiana.

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