Independent Women’s Forum announces launch of Education Freedom Center to advance education choice

Editor’s note: This announcement was carried over PRNewswire to announce a new initiative spearheaded by the nonprofit Independent Women’s Forum, whose mission is to engage and inform women about how policy issues impact them and their loved ones.

Independent Women’s Forum, a leading national women’s organization, announced the launch of its Education Freedom Center today. The center will advance school choice and empower parents by advocating for a freer, more responsive education system that prioritizes the needs of students and their families.

The Education Freedom Center (EFC) will educate the public about school choice policies, amplify the voices and stories of parents seeking education freedom, and inform parents about existing education options. EFC also will build awareness of policies that harm students and disempower parents, including lessons and policies based on radical ideologies.

“The Education Freedom Center will build on the momentum created by parents throughout the last two years who are seeking transparency, leverage, and a voice in their children’s education,” said IWF president Carrie Lukas. “The Center will be a resource that connects families to policies that empower parents and address the egregious power imbalance between parents and unresponsive school districts.”

IWF’s Virginia (Ginny) Gentles will serve as director of the Education Freedom Center. She brings over two decades of education policy experience, and has served as school choice policy advisor, a state and federal education policy leader, and a congressional staff member. Her work has appeared in National Review, Newsweek, City Journal, Real Clear Education, the74, and Townhall.

“I am thrilled to serve as the director of the Education Freedom Center,” Gentles said. “As a parent and a long-time school choice advocate, I strongly believe that education funding should follow students to the education option that best meets their needs. The EFC will advance policies that provide educational freedom, parental empowerment, and leverage with their local school system.”