Advocate Voices

Virtual charter school board member mom to Florida lawmakers: ‘Empower parents for greater customization’

Melissa Ley left her job as a teacher at a public school to let her daughters learn at home after determining the public schools they attended were not the best fit for them. At the time, Ley’s family didn’t qualify for an education choice scholarship, so she enrolled the girls[Read More…]

Celebrating National School Choice Week

Editor’s note: Nina Rees is the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. reimaginED shares this commentary from Rees as National School Choice Week 2023 comes to a close. Happy National School Choice Week! This week is an opportunity to celebrate the 3.7 million students, 7,700[Read More…]

Word for Word: Martin Luther King III shares his father’s advice at 2016 Florida rally for education choice

  Editor’s note: Seven years ago this week, 10,000 supporters marched on Tallahassee to fight for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which was the target of a lawsuit backed the state’s largest teachers union and others who opposed the income-based K-12 scholarships. Headlining the parade of civil rights leaders[Read More…]

Commentary: The kids are not okay

Editor’s note: This commentary comes from Kelley Williams-Bolar, a paraprofessional in the Akron Public Schools system. A long-time education choice advocate, Williams-Bolar was convicted in 2011 of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district. Last spring, I developed a plan to help students who[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Arizona’s education savings account opens doors for all children

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Arizona mother Shana Lockhart was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. When my son was in kindergarten, we were told he was one of many individuals born with high functioning autism. While not an official medical term or diagnosis, high[Read More…]

Jeb Bush: How to end the epidemic of failure in America’s schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd and ExcelinEd in Action, appeared last week on While much of the U.S. has returned to normal after the pandemic, the long-term academic harm to students endures. This school year is the first time[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Nevada Opportunity Scholarship changed our family’s course

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Nevada mother Diana Reyes was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I spent many nights crying myself to sleep in frustration at the lack of help my son was receiving at school. So many times, he would come to[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Education savings account provided ‘wave of relief’ when needed most

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Arizona mother Lorraine Petrie was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. Our family moved to Arizona from California almost four years ago. One of our primary concerns at the time was finding the best learning environment for our two[Read More…]