Advocate Voices

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…]

Commentary: It’s no wonder Osceola County’s charter schools are booming

Editor’s note: Jon Arguello, elected in 2020 to represent District 3 on the Osceola County School Board in central Florida, wrote this opinion piece exclusively for reimaginED. Arguello is CEO of a local manufacturing company and COO of a specialty contractor firm in the telecommunications sector. He sits on the[Read More…]

Education savings accounts: The best route toward improved education outcomes

Editor’s note: With this commentary, reimaginED is pleased to introduce our readers to our newest guest blogger, Daniel Martinez, a coalitions director for The LIBRE Initiative. Every family knows that for their children to succeed, nothing is more important than a good education. That’s certainly true of Florida’s Hispanic community,[Read More…]

American Federation for Children leaders discuss education choice on national podcast

When the producers of the national podcast Ruthless sat down to brainstorm topics for coverage at the start of the new school year, one idea rose to the top of the list: a deep dive on education choice and how it’s currently playing out across the nation. They chose two[Read More…]

Message from a former teachers union employee: Embrace school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from redefinED guest blogger Valeria Gurr, who serves as director of external relations with the American Federation for Children, appeared Monday on washingtonexaminer.com. Education has always mattered to me. As a first-generation immigrant of a single mother who didn’t graduate from high school, I know firsthand[Read More…]

Education choice: past, present, future

In the cover story for its latest issue, Florida Trend, the state’s leading business publication, shines a light on Alberto Carvalho, the innovative superintendent of the Miami-Dade school district. With nearly three-quarters of the students in that district exercising options beyond their zoned neighborhood schools, Miami-Dade is portrayed as head[Read More…]

New external relations director at American Federation for Children seeks to strike gold for education choice across U.S.

Before Valeria Gurr arrived in the United States to attend graduate school, the native Chilean had no idea a school choice movement existed. What she did know was that she hated school as a child growing up in a tiny town in southern part of the country. The daughter of a[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with district schoolteacher, private school mom Marie Echevarria

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 an Orlando district high school. Echevarria, who cares for her parents in her home, earns a salary that, though modest, put her just over the income threshold[Read More…]