Advocate Voices

American Federation For Children future leader Hunter Hickson on consistent action, service to others

Editor’s note: This profile is the fourth in a series featuring former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients who are included in the 2020 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship. Despite growing up as one of four children in a single-parent household, Hunter Hickson had no idea[Read More…]

30 years strong: Charter schools and America’s education landscape

Editor’s note: Today’s commentary comes from Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. In 1991, Amazon and Google didn’t exist. Neither did smart phones. The internet was a fledgling idea, and a[Read More…]

SUFS president Doug Tuthill featured on national podcast

For more than a decade, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has hosted a weekly podcast, the Education Gadfly Show. On this week’s episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill joins Mike Petrilli, the Fordham Institute’s president and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and David Griffith, a[Read More…]

American Federation for Children future leader Nanya Morris-El on the importance of role models in beating the odds

Editor’s note: This profile is the third in a series featuring former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients who are included in the 2020 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship. Ask Nanya Morris-El the secret of his success and he’ll respond without hesitation: powerful role models and[Read More…]

An Arizona mother’s plea: provide every child access to a safe, high quality classroom

Editor’s note: Christina Foster of Phoenix, a long-time education choice advocate, pleads in this commentary for the passage of Arizona House Bill 2427. Foster’s daughter transferred this year to a micro-school located at the Black Mothers Forum, which partners with Prenda’s Micro-school program to create safe and supportive learning environments.[Read More…]

American Federation For Children future leader Hera Varmah on overcoming challenges, being a role model

Editor’s note: This profile is the second in a series featuring former Florida Tax Credit Scholarship recipients who are included in the 2020 cohort of the American Federation For Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship. Hera Varmah had a dream as far back as middle school: to go to college, learn how[Read More…]

District schoolteacher and single mom expresses gratitude to governor, lawmakers for school choice

  During one of two bill-signing ceremonies for a massive expansion of education choice in Florida this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and lawmakers heard from grateful families whose lives will take a turn for the better thanks to the new legislation. Among them was Marie Echevarria, an Orlando district high[Read More…]

Word for Word: School choice mom Lina Zelcer on HB 7045

Editor’s note: At a bill signing ceremony Tuesday for school choice bill HB 7045, which is projected to expand education choice to 61,000 additional students, parents spoke to lawmakers about how this landmark legislation will impact their families’ lives. Among them was Lina Zelcer of Miami Beach, whose daughter, Chana[Read More…]