Advocate Voices

Parents helping a child with homework

School choice is public accountability to parents

Editor’s note: This commentary from Deborah Hendrix of Colorado Springs, executive director of Parents Challenge, appeared Saturday on What is empowerment? It’s the process of becoming stronger and more able to confidently control one’s life. During the pandemic, and concerning K-12 education, empowerment has become a key factor for[Read More…]

Corey DeAngelis: ‘We’re just getting started’

Longtime education choice advocate Corey DeAngelis, national director of research at the American Federation for Children and executive director at the Educational Freedom Institute, continued to champion the rights of families to make education choices for their children recently, speaking on behalf of the American Federation for Children at America[Read More…]

Best of 2021: Interview with district schoolteacher, private school mom Marie Echevarria

Editor’s note: reimaginED is proud to reintroduce to our readers our best content of 2021. This podcast from senior writer Lisa Buie originally published on July 27. On this episode, redefinED senior writer Lisa Buie speaks with the single mother of a 9-year-old and teacher of English language learners at[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Every family deserves a choice

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Georgia mother Desiree Williams was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. My name is Desiree Williams, and I am the parent of a 16-year-old named Kyle. My son has been attending Central Christian School in Sharpsburg, Ga., since sixth grade.[Read More…]

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…]