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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