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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education to Hold School Choice Expo

In honor of School Choice Month, the Florida Department of Education will be hosting a School Choice Expo this Saturday in Tampa. The Expo will highlight educational options available to parents ranging from public and charter schools, to dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses. Speakers, school performances and an exhibit hall will be available to all participants attending the Expo.

Featured speakers at the event include Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith, Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools MaryEllen Elia, Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala), Rep. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland), Executive Director of the Florida Alliance for Choices in Education Michael Benjamin, Chairperson of the Florida Chapter National Coalition of Public School Options Wendy Howard and Director of the Florida Parental Information and Resource Center Karyn Lindsay, among many others. In addition, many local schools will perform at the event.

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The event will take place:

Jan. 22, 2011
9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Hwy. 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610