Fam­i­lies to ex­plore school op­tions at choice fair

South Florida Times - - METRO -

MIAMI – Fam­i­lies in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent school choices for their chil­dren can find in­for­ma­tion at a school choice fair dur­ing Na­tional School Choice Week.

The event, planned for Jan. 27 at 11:00 a.m., will fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tional sta­tions for stu­dents and par­ents, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about school choice op­tions. Speak­ers will in­clude House Speaker Richard Cor­co­ran; Shawn Foster, as mas­ter of cer­e­monies, Steve Hicks with McKay Coalition, Bill Cronin, pres­i­dent of Pasco Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil, and par­ents whose chil­dren are in­volved in school choice.

The goal of the event, which will oc­cur at Santa Cruz Res­ur­rec­tion Church, 11173 Griff­ing Blvd. Bis­cayne Park, is to raise aware­ness about school choice in the com­mu­nity and pro­vide a day of fun for fam­i­lies.

“The LI­BRE In­sti­tute be­lieves that a qual­ity education is key to achiev­ing the Amer­i­can Dream. School choice em­pow­ers fam­i­lies to ac­cess the education that is right for them re­gard­less of their zip code or so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus,” said Ivette Diaz of the Li­bre Foun­da­tion. “Education free­dom opens doors of op­por­tu­nity for all stu­dents, but es­pe­cially ben­e­fits low-in­come stu­dents who other­wise are not able to ac­cess the qual­ity education they de­serve.”

Held ev­ery Jan­uary, Na­tional School Choice Week is an in­de­pen­dent pub­lic aware­ness effort de­signed to shine a pos­i­tive spot­light on ef­fec­tive education op­tions for ev­ery child. Through more than 32,000 in­de­pen­dently planned events across the coun­try, Na­tional School Choice Week raises pub­lic aware­ness of all types of ed­u­ca­tional choices avail­able to chil­dren. These op­tions in­clude tra­di­tional pub­lic schools, pub­lic char­ter schools, pub­lic mag­net schools, on­line learn­ing, pri­vate schools, and home­school­ing.

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