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Record turnout for school expo

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Updated: 1/11 11:17 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  More than 15,000 people packed the Prime Osborn Saturday for the annual School Choice Expo.

This year's expo was the first year that all schools were open to participate.

Clarice Williams said having a variety of options for her children's schools is key to their education.

"I think it's very important because I don't want to make that decision for them, I would like them to look around and see what decision is better for them on their own," Williams said.

Williams was among the thousands who attended the School Choice Expo at the Prime Osborn Saturday.

Private, traditional public and charter schools were also in attendance this year, in addition to the magnet schools.

"It's a great way for us to interact with everyone and a chance for them to see Long Branch," said Shameka Brown, assistant principal of Long Branch Elementary.

Schools showcased their best programs and students told Action News the expo is a much needed opportunity.

"There's a lot of great schools here, it just comes down to that's why you need to come here to figure out where you want to go," said Atyrus McDonald.

Parents said the expo allows their children to step outside their neighborhood schools.

But some say the location of the school doesn't really matter.

"The location is a small factor, but mostly it's about what they are going to be affording my child," said Amy Ernest.

"No that doesn't play a role for me, I just think if it's a good school it's worth it," said Williams.

A spokesperson with Duval County Schools says more than 180 schools participated in the expo.

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