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This event has reached capacity and is now SOLD OUT. Online registration for this event has now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Austin Moser at amoser@jamesmadison.org or 850-386-3131.

Join us for lunch on on Friday, January 28th at Brick & Beam in Jacksonville where we will hear from two guest speakers who continue to charge the way for school choice options!

Chair Renner will be offering an overview of the Florida House of Representatives’ K-12 education priorities in the 2022 legislative session, particularly those related to school choice, and Denisha will be sharing her recent efforts to promote school choice in FL (and around the country!) as a former scholarship recipient.  We will be honoring Denisha with the Champion of Education Freedom Award.

Friday, January 28th
Brick & Beam
1101 N Main St, Jacksonville, FL 32206
11:30AM – 1PM
$20 Registration Fee (includes lunch)


Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) serves as State Representative to District 24 in the Florida House of Representatives and is slated to become House Speaker in 2022. He is currently Chair of the House Rules Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee. He is a military veteran, former prosecutor and local business attorney. He began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney, during which he prosecuted serious felony offenses.

In addition to his legal practice, Rep. Renner has served as a naval officer, both on active duty and in the reserves. Earlier in his career, he served in Operation Desert Storm during combat operations onboard the USS McInerney (FFG-8).

Locally, Rep. Renner served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 4th Judicial Circuit and participates in a number of other civic and community organizations, such as Rotary, the VFW, and the Navy League.

Rep. Renner was raised in Northeast Florida. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in history at Davidson College in North Carolina. He lives in Palm Coast with his wife and daughter.

Denisha Merriweather is the Director of Public Relations and Content Marketing at the American Federation for Children and Founder of Black Minds Matter. Denisha previously served as School Choice and Youth Liaison to the Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Denisha is a Florida tax-credit scholarship graduate. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida and bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science. Along the way, Denisha has become a national symbol for school choice, headlining events with Florida governors and other advocates for school choice. Denisha has shared her story across the country and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PragerU, the Washington Examiner, EducationWeek, and Fox News among other outlets. She has also appeared in public service announcements promoting school choice.

To learn more about Black Minds Matter, visit blackmindsmatter.net.

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