Take a moment to hear 'what Zach has to say'

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The Florida Chapter of the National Coalition for Public School Options (NCPSO) today announced the release of a radio message featuring Tricia Yount, a Florida parent whose son Zach is currently utilizing online learning. Complete text of the 60 second spot is below:

Like parents everywhere, every day I make choices: the food we eat, the clothes we buy and what? on TV. When it comes to deciding what school is best for my child, why should it be any different?

As a parent who has a child who learns best in a public online school, I am supporting Florida Senate Bill 1620. It permits parents like me to choose the type of school that best meets my child? unique learning needs.

Senate Bill 1620 makes sense because when it comes to digital learning, one size doesn? fit all. Parents of a child with a health issue, or a gifted and talented student, or a family that relocates mid-school year, all have different reasons for choosing online education.

Senate Bill 1620 gives parents choices. And as Zach? mom, who better than me to choose?

Tricia Yount is a member of the Florida Coalition for Public School Options. Her son was the victim of bullying while he was in grammar school. The experience had a negative impact on his education and his outlook. Yount made a personal decision to educate her son with a blend of online and in-classroom instruction. Today, Zach is a straight-A student. Yount is an advocate for SB 1620 because it gives additional opportunities to parents seeking to tailor their child? education according to their individual need.

?lorida has been on the forefront of education innovation that has resulted in measurable student learning gains over the past 15 years,?said Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami), sponsor of SB 1620. ?his legislation will take us to the next level by offering high quality and cutting edge technology-based curriculum matched to individual? learning needs and not dictated by their zip code.?

The ad which is airing in the Tallahassee media market is sponsored by the Florida Coalition for Public School, a 501c4 organization. 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, NCPSO advocates for free and equal access without restrictions to these public schools for all children. For more information about the coalition, including an audio file of the radio advertisement, please go towww.PublicSchoolOptions.org/Florida.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.