New Mexico families, students and educators will raise awareness about school choice next week as part of National School Choice Week.
National School Choice Week runs January 22-28 and is celebrated with school fairs, rallies, contests and talent shows. 185 events are planned at schools in New Mexico.
All activities taking place during School Choice Week aim to help families find a school and provide opportunities to learn and celebrate together. The week is free and open to every family.
The celebration of educational opportunity takes place at traditional public schools, charter public schools, magnet public schools, online schools, and private schools.
A recent survey conducted by the National School Choice Awareness Foundation found that 53.7% of parents have recently explored or are currently considering new opportunities for their children’s education. School Choice Week 2023 gives parents the opportunity to learn about school choices and participate in local events as they consider their K-12 options for the next school year.
The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP), released in 2022, underscored the need to invest in quality education. New Mexico students experienced greater learning losses than the national average.
In New Mexico, families have some access to open enrollment, particularly those living near underperforming schools. Parents can also choose from public charter schools and magnet schools, as well as full-time online schools. New Mexico is one of the few states that does not offer private school scholarship programs. State Senator Craig Brandt is trying to change that.
Brandt, a Republican representing District 40-Rio Rancho, announced his introduction of the Freedom of Education Act earlier this week.
The law would give parents more educational options by allowing them to choose the best school for their children.
“All students, regardless of their circumstances or zip code, deserve access to a quality education,” Brandt said. “The rich have always had options for their children’s education, and it’s time we made those options available to everyone else.”
Events are planned across New Mexico next week, including a school fair in Albuquerque organized by the Public Charter Schools of New Mexico on Jan. 21.
“New Mexico families want to explore all of their academic options, and School Choice Week offers families the opportunity to explore just that,” said Krissia Campos Spivey, project director of Conoce tus Opciones Escolares at the National School Choice Awareness Foundation. “No matter what type of school a family chooses, they can start the process with support during School Choice Week.”