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CER: Virtual education saves the day

In the midst of National Charter Schools Week, the Center for Education Reform held its latest series episode, “Virtual Education Saves the Day,” featuring Center for Education Reform’s Jeanne Allen, Mark Allen of Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, Brazilia Bilal-Page of Georgia Connections Academy and Kevin Chavous of Stride, Inc. With such a powerhouse panel of…

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A Lost Year Not Wasted

It has been a wild roller coaster of a year for American parents, not least those with school-age children. As vaccination efforts ramp up all over the country, the hope of students returning to “school” and “normalcy” this fall also rises. However, “school” and “normalcy” have taken on different meanings since last Spring. Gone are…

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Listening to Dr. Dolores Huerta

Dr. Dolores Huerta spoke at the National Parents Unions’ Townhall Clap Back event this past Friday – and we were honored to hear from a person who has fought so valiantly for the rights of marginalized families for decades. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Obama, Dr. Huerta spoke to…

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Looking Ahead to 2021

To our parents across the country, 2020 has tested us all, and, on behalf of the PSO Board, I want to personally extend our wishes that your family has fared well and stayed healthy during these tumultuous times. While this time of year often invites reflection, I’d rather take this opportunity to be forward-thinking and share…

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EdPalooza 2020: PSO’s takeaways

Each year, ExcelinEd’s EdPalooza has us thinking for days afterward about how we can further our own organizational goals with the new information we’ve gathered from their program, and from their guest speakers. This year, we heard from dozens of voices, including former President George W. Bush and Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, among…

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A hard truth about education

Axios’ most recent “Hard Truths” series focused on education. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find a link to the full event broadcast here. Their series hones in exclusively on the “hard truths” we as Americans still have to face, even decades after the civil rights movement to end discrimination. Their series aims to…

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The 2 E’s: education and elections

Last night, we tuned into AFC’s webinar, “E2 Elections and Education: 2020 and Beyond.” This time around, we got to hear from a great panel of notable voices in education; including former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Kevin Chavous, President of K12 Inc., and Emily Ekins, Director of Polling at the CATO Institute. This discussion was…

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Honoring a long-time supporter of school choice

On Wednesday evening, the American Federation for Children awarded Cardinal Timothy Dolan with their 2020 John T. Walton Honoree award for his long-time support of school choice.  Before serving as as Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan served the Church as Archbishop of Milwaukee, when Milwaukee first launched its school voucher program that would become the…

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What Samantha Bee Got Wrong About School Choice

Comedian Samantha Bee went on the attack against school choice this week during the latest episode of her show, Full Frontal.  Bee goes on the attack against school choice, framing it as a Republican “boogie man” issue, focusing much of her attention on President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Obviously, this is expected,…

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Dispelling school choice myths

Earlier this week, we tuned into the CATO Institute’s School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom webinar, for a discussion on a new book featuring voices from across the school choice movement dispelling myths surrounding educational options. Most of the myths were things we hear A LOT in our advocacy work. For…

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