National School Choice Week

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Ashley King works on a drafting exercise on technology in the classroom during Cathy Seguin’s language arts class at Osborne Middle School on Thursday. The exercise is in preparation for the upcoming state writing assessment that all eighth-graders must take. Last year, Osborne Middle had the highest writing scores on the assessment.

It's the first ever National School Choice Week and thousands of people are participating across the country.

Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, is helping lead the cause as chairman of the Foundation for Florida's Future. The Foundation hopes this week will make people more aware of school choice legislation that would allow them to use tax dollars to pay for home schooling, private schools or public schools outside their district.

Patricia Levesque is the Executive Director at the Foundation for Florida's Future. She said students get to pick what college they want to go to with scholarship money, why not kindergarten through 12? She said, "We have it for four-year-olds with the voluntary pre-k program where you can go to public or private pre-k. bur for some reason in grades K through 12 we don't want to give parents the same choice and we believe parents should have that right."

To see what events are going on in your area click the link below.
National School Choice Week is January 23-29.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    Surprise, if you are home schooling your kids you should be educated. In the text of your comment you used "passed" when actually "past" is the grammatically correct word. If you got 'em learn to teach 'em right. Glass houses stink don't they.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    Surprise, your moniker is ironic. It describes exactly how your children are going to feel when you lose your closed-minded influence over them in few years and they are introduced to the real world.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jan 24, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    Choice when it comes to schools? If America the Republic is to be saved make your choice to? Home School. I know I'm way passed tired of over half of my leon county property tax's going to a failed public school system that turns out our kids thinking they live in a Democracy instead of a Republic. ... Time to defund that very system IMO. "Home school em if you got em and put America 1st. for a change."
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