Thousands of Michigan students and teachers are donning yellow scarves this week to celebrate how different types of K-12 education help different students succeed.

Schools, organizations and individuals are planning 1,778 events and activities, making up some of the 51,300 events planned nationwide to draw attention to K-12 education options. National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 – Feb. 1) will be the largest celebration of educational choice in U.S. history, with a record-shattering 13.7 million Americans expected to participate.

One of the largest events taking place in Michigan will be a Capitol Rally on Wednesday, January 29 at the State Capitol. Around the country, Americans will be celebrating at school open houses, pep rallies, school fairs and more. For a preview of local events planned in Michigan, visit

In Michigan, there are a variety of educational options available including traditional public schools with open enrollment on a case-by-case basis, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling.

National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort celebrated since 2011. The week is nonpartisan, nonpolitical and not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.

As Michigan families explore their education options for the 2020-2021 school year, we hope National School Choice Week gives parents an opportunity to explore these options, while celebrating the learning environments that are helping kids succeed.

—Andrew Campanella,
National School Choice Week president