INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Education advocates have told hundreds of people at a Statehouse rally that Indiana could be the nation's leader in overhauling schools.

Wednesday's rally comes as Indiana lawmakers consider Republican-backed proposals to expand charter schools, implement merit pay for teachers and create a voucher system that would use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools.

Earlier this year, more than 1,000 teachers rallied to oppose those same proposals. Wednesday was the day for supporters, who said parents deserve more education options.

Michelle Rhee, who was featured in the documentary "Waiting for Superman," told the crowd that Indiana can be at the forefront of "education reform."

Republicans who control the House and Senate also attended the rally. They said they would continue the fight for more choice.