Ihad the privilege of talking to An- drew Campanella, the founder and president of School Choice Week to find out what it is, why it got
started and how homeschoolers can get
involved. I learned about its success and
how we can help more parents consider
the choice of homeschooling, and show
them that they can do it also.
ROBERT: What is School Choice
Week and what inspired you to become
ANDREW: National School Choice
Week is an annual celebration of the var-
ious choices that parents can make for
their children’s education. That includes
everything from educating children in
the home—homeschooling—to choosing
a traditional public school, public char-
ter school, magnet school, private or
faith-based school, or online academy.
The Week is held every year, in January,
and features thousands of individually
planned events across the country, ev-
erything from small gatherings at peo-
ple’s homes to big rallies at state capitol
buildings. The goal is to let the public,
through general awareness and a sig-
nificant amount of positive local media
coverage, know that when it comes to
education, parents have choices, and par-
ents want to protect the choices they’re
able to make. While I wasn’t the one who
started National School Choice Week (it
was started by moms who wanted school
choice to have a higher profile and get
more attention), I have been honored to
work with a dedicated team to help grow
the School Choice Week effort over the
past five years.
ROBERT: Why should homeschoolers
get involved with School Choice Week?
ANDREW: I’ve always believed that
homeschooling is the original “school
choice.” It deserves more recognition, respect, and public celebration.
All of the data and research shows that
School Choice Week
When it comes to education, parents have
An Interview with
by Robert Bortins Andrew Campanella
choices, and parents want to protect the
choices they’re able to make.