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Parents invited to share ideas on school choice

Parents can have their say in a new choice plan for Hillsborough schools at a series of public meetings beginning today.

Last year, state legislators told school districts to give parents more choice in where children attend school. To qualify for funding, Hillsborough officials must submit a plan to the state Department of Education by June 30.

Special assignments, alternative schools and magnet programs already offer parents some choice. The new plan could expand those options and add others, such as "attractor" schools, which could offer day care.

Parents are invited to share their ideas for the plan.

All meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m.

Today: East Bay High School media center, 7710 Big Bend Road, Gibsonton

Monday: Middleton Magnet School of Technology cafeteria, 4302 24th St., Tampa

March 27: Stewart Middle School cafeteria, 1125 Spruce St., Tampa

April 14: Gaither High School auditorium, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

April 17: Jefferson High School auditorium, 4401 Cypress St., Tampa

April 24: King High School auditorium, 6815 N 56th St., Temple Terrace

April 28: Plant City High School media center, One Raider Place, Plant City

April 29: Brandon High School auditorium, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon.

For information, call 272-4046.