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By: The James Madison Institute / January 24, 2014

The James Madison Institute


January 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January, 23 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Wickboldt,, (850) 386-3131
Free Event in Orlando to Celebrate National School Choice Week;
Opportunity for Parents and Students to Learn about Non-Traditional Educational Options
~ The James Madison Institute to host movie screening and discussion at the
Orlando Science Center to highlight the theme “Education: Why Parents Need Lots of Options” ~
ORLANDO ­– The James Madison Institute (JMI) will host a movie screening and panel discussion about the need for options in education on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 to mark National School Choice Week. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Orlando Science Center and is free to attend, but guests must RSVP:”Anyone in the education sphere, or with children of their own, understands that each child responds to methods of instruction in diverse ways and benefits from different experiences in ways that vary from child to child,” said Dr. Bob McClure, president and CEO of The James Madison Institute. “It’s no surprise that the school choice movement has surged in popularity because society has come to realize we can’t box students in; choice is necessary to create the best, most effective learning environments for our children.”This National School Choice Week spotlight event will feature a movie screening and discussion focusing on the benefits of empowering parents with the best education options for their children. Guests will watch two films – the first, “The Ticket: Stories of School Choice and Quality Education” and the second, “Thrifty: The Story of Willow Tufano” about a teen homeowner in Florida who saved enough money to become a landlord at an unbelievably early age. A question and answer session will take place following the panel discussion.Event speakers include Willow Tufano, a former guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, as well as Matt Ladner, a nationally-renowned education researcher with the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Freddi Wood, an Orlando-area mother whose children attend an innovative half-and-half school that blends classroom instruction with home learning activities.This event is one of 5,500 independently planned events taking place during National School Choice Week 2014 – the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity. National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for children – including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling.For more information about The James Madison Institute and National School Choice Week, visit and respectively.###About The James Madison Institute: Founded in 1987, The James Madison Institute (JMI) is one of Florida’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organizations. JMI is dedicated to advancing such ideals as economic freedom, limited government, federalism, traditional values, the rule of law, and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility. All JMI publications are available online at For additional information please contact Valerie Wickboldt at 850.386.3131 x 628 or Twitter: @JmsMadisonInst; Facebook: