A debate in Florida for many years has centered on the different options parents have when it comes to educating their children. From public to private to charter schools, it’s all about parental choice.

The question is, after so many years of these options, are students of color doing better in schools? How does Florida compare to other states around the country? And what’s the responsibility of state lawmakers when it comes to furthering the educational progress of students of color?


  • State Rep. Ramon Alexander [D], District 8, Tallahassee
  • Maria Scruggs, former President of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP
  • Denisha Merriweather, Director of Public Relations and Content Marketing, American Federation for Children