School Choice Day at The Capitol [SLIDE SHOW]

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By: Lanetra Bennett
April 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Hundreds came out in full force today to show support for and defend parental choice in education.

More than 1,300 parents, students and teachers from throughout Florida filled Waller Park near the Dolphin Statute at the state Capitol today.

The rally was for the fourth annual School Choice Day.

Governor Rick Scott, the state education commissioner and a number of lawmakers spoke on behalf of legislation that promotes increased access and equitable funding for high quality options in education.

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says, "The fact that any parent regardless of their race, regardless of how much money they have, have the right to put their child in a school that meets their child's needs, the same way that more affluent parents have. I think it truly does make this the social justice issue of the 21st century in education."

Vice President Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank Biden, was also at today's rally.

Press Release: Florida Alliance for Choices in Education

( Tallahassee, FL) - The Florida Alliance for Choices in Education and the Florida Coalition for Public School Options today announced the fourth annual School Choice Day at the Capitol. The all day event will bring Florida teachers, parents and students to Tallahassee in support of parental school choice for their children.

School Choice Day at the Capitol
Schools from Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Port Richey, and Haines City.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
12:15 p.m.

Waller Park
Tallahassee, Florida

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
State Senator John Legg
State Senator Aaron Bean
State Senator Kelli Stargel
State Senator Anitere Flores
State Representative Janet Adkins
State Representative Carlos Trujillo invited
State Representative Bruce Antone
State Representative Katie Edwards invited
State Representative Erik Fresen invited
State Representative Michael Bileca

About Florida Alliance for Choices in Education
Florida Alliance for Choices in Education (F.A.C.E.) provides a forum for school choice/parental empowerment organizations to discuss how best to expand and strengthen school choice so all Florida families have access to the schooling options that best meet their needs.

About Florida Coalition for Public School Options
FCPSO is a chapter of, an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents' rights to access the best public school options for their children. The Coalition supports the creation of public school options, including charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, open enrollment policies and other innovative education programs. Additionally, we advocate for free and equal access without restrictions to these public schools for all children.

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