NEWARK - Advocates for school choice met in New Jersey, pressing for more options for parents when selecting schools for their kids.

The School Choice Summit in Newark included lawmakers and parents. Those in attendance heard from a student about the importance of his education.

School choice is controversial because it has pitted public schools against charter and private schools.

"Much of the rest of the country is waking up to this idea of competition between schools," says Bob Bowdon, a school choice advocate.

School choice in New Jersey has faced stiff opposition from many public school groups and some lawmakers who believe it hurts public schools.