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March 10, 2013

Liberty students to perform for School Choice rally

ANDERSON, Ind. — Four students from Liberty Christian Elementary School will be singing the national anthem at the Ed Reform Rocks Rally  on Monday at the Statehouse.

Sixth-graders Madison Finch, Katie Shadoan, Emma Williams and Savannah Rees are known for their harmonious a cappella version of the national anthem and were asked to perform, said Doug Roorbach, director of development.

“We are so proud to have these girls selected to perform at the rally,” said Lisa Huff, Liberty’s interim superintendent. “They are wonderful ambassadors for the school.”

Members of Liberty’s senior class will also take part in the rally and “have the opportunity to see some of the political figures that they have been studying,” Roorbach said.

School Choice Indiana organized the rally to celebrate school choice success, such as quality teachers, effective schools and empowered parents, according to the group’s website.

In Indiana, school choice is offered through a variety of ways, such as open enrollment that allows residents to enroll their children in schools outside of a residential district, vouchers that assist in the payment of a private school tuition and public, tuition-free charter schools that are not part of a school corporation.

Liberty Christian is just one of multiple private schools in Madison County that accept vouchers, also known as school choice scholarships.

More than 9,000 Indiana students were enrolled in the voucher system for the 2012-13 school year.

The Ed Reform Rocks Rally starts at noon at the Indiana State Capitol’s South Atrium in Indianapolis. Jalen Rose, founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit and a former Indiana Pacer, is the keynote speaker while Gov. Mike Pence, Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long are slated to make appearances.

Roorbach said thousands are expected to attend.

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