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Friday, January 21, 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 tomorrow 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. Betty Reed (D-Tampa), 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.

For those not able to attend in person, the Panhandle Area Education Consortium and the Florida Virtual School will be providing live web streaming of the day’s events. The live streams can be accessed by clicking on their names above.

For more information about the event, visit

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