Advocate Voices

West Virginia activist sees education choice as key to better quality of life

“Almost every other state had some mix of charters, tax credits, scholarships, or education savings accounts, but not West Virginia, so it struck me as yet another thing that was unavailable to my fellow West Virginians. When the lack of choice was coupled with troubling education outcomes, it became a[Read More…]

It’s time to allow all parents to drive education for their children

A few weeks ago, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona had this to say at a national education conference sponsored by Latinos for Education: “We’ve often heard and maybe even explained that education is the great equalizer. Well, now’s our chance to prove it. Funding is there. Urgency from the president[Read More…]

A parent’s story: ‘My child needed somebody other than her mother to believe in her’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Juanita Fugate debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. My daughter started having trouble with school around the time she entered middle school. Her grades, and consequently her behavior, started to take a turn for the worse. The[Read More…]

A parent’s story: ‘These children are our future doctors, our lawyers’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Katrina Gray debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have two sons. My oldest attended a private school on a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and he’s now graduated from college. I was so impressed with the school and[Read More…]

Commentary: Families are ‘longing for an educational home for their child’

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” — Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist and educator from Queensland, Australia As a leader of the Student Learning and Partner Success[Read More…]

Don’t tell me school choice is racist

Editor’s note: This commentary from Denisha Merriweather, founder of Black Minds Matter and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared this morning on the Washington Examiner. Those who say school choice has racist roots are implying that parents, especially lower-income, black parents, should stay trapped in public schools that have failed their children for[Read More…]

Past meets future at AFC national policy summit

Editor’s note: The American Federation for Children held its national policy summit Sept. 29-30, welcoming key figures in the education choice movement as well as policymakers intent on expanding education opportunities for families. AFC communications specialist, former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipient and reimaginED guest blogger Nathan Cunneen was there[Read More…]

Racial justice through expanded choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Derrell Bradford, president of 50CAN, a nonprofit education advocacy group, appears in the September 2021 issue of the National Association of State Boards of Education magazine. One of the earliest conversations I can remember was my mother and grandmother discussing whose address we would use[Read More…]