Advocate Voices

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 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…]

My son needs, deserves second year of kindergarten

My son, Logan, turned 5 just a few months before he started kindergarten in 2020. With two full-time working parents, he needed to be learning in person despite the rise in COVID-19 cases. Thankfully in Florida, schools opened for in-person instruction (with most using safety protocols such as masks) for[Read More…]

Black people can homeschool and support civil rights in public schools – in fact, they already did

Editor’s note: This commentary from Christina Laster, a civil rights activist and humanitarian who serves as director of policy and legislation for the National Parents Union, appeared Tuesday on project forever free. As a Black homeschooling mom, I am most irritated by the mere thought of my children being trapped[Read More…]

Message from an education choice advocate: ‘Lift up your voice’

Editor’s note: This post was written exclusively for redefinED by Najimah Roberson, a mother of three and chief executive officer of Harrisburg Families United. The national nonprofit organization EdChoice, arguably one of the most committed advocacy groups working to empower families to choose the schooling environment that best fits their[Read More…]

Pharrell Williams’ new private school will serve low-income students at no cost

Editor’s note: This commentary from redefinED guest blogger Denisha Merriweather, director of Family Engagement at the American Federation for Children and founder of Black Minds Matter, appeared last week on project forever free. This month, Pharrell Williams joined the club of Black celebrities who’ve launched K-12 schools. YELLOWHAB, a new[Read More…]