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BREAKING: Education Community in Unison: Expand Opportunity

School Choice Week exclusive demonstrates widespread + growing support for education opportunity expanded to all in need.

Monday, January 22, 2017
Christina Mazzanti, Dir., Communications
(202) 750-0016

BREAKING: Special National School Choice Week Podcast features Schools, Members of Congress, Ed Secretary
Reality Check shows growing impact of and support for education choice


(Washington, D.C.) – To celebrate National School Choice Week, the nation’s leading advocate for education opportunity and innovation will salute the tens of thousands of parents, schools and teachers making a difference in education outcomes for all learners with exclusive releases detailing the breadth and depth of support for ending the inequity in education by zip code.


CER highlights voices of visionary students, parents and school leaders, lawmakers who have helped carry their demands to national prominence and some of today’s most powerful ambassadors for education opportunity and innovation – students, parents and teachers. This multi-platform campaign is available on CER’s website at www.edreform.com, on Facebook and Twitter @edreform – featuring interviews, event coverage and school presentations.


  • Special Edition Podcast: Reality Check with Jeanne Allen – CER Founder and CEO Jeanne Allen speaks with African-American leaders Johnny C. Taylor (Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board) and Sylvia P. Simms (former Philadelphia SRC member). The podcast features interviews with Sen. Ted Cruz, Cong. Virginia Foxx, Luke Messer and Paul Mitchell, graduates of choice programs Denisha Merriweather and Walter Banks. Also hear an exclusive interview with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and many others.


  • Highlighting charter schools in action with teacher/student produced content from schools in Florida, Tennessee and around the country. Just a few of the schools featured are Florida’s Inlet Grove Community Academy, Purpose Preparatory Academy in Nashville, TN, Southland College Prep in Illinois and STRIVE Prep SMART Academy in Denver, CO.


  • In their own words – Prominent leaders of color speak out on behalf of children in CER’s Voices for Opportunity media campaign. Published in newspapers nationwide, the testimony of these national, state and local leaders are concrete evidence of the widespread and diverse perspectives for educational choice that exist all over the country, support born out by polls like this one from the American Federation for Children.


“No matter who you talk to, and where you go, from urban to rural America, across typical political, racial and socioeconomic lines support for new opportunities, new schools of choice to support children and families nationwide, is irrefutable,” said Jeanne Allen, CER’s Founder and CEO, “America knows schools are not working for most students, and that revolutionary change is needed now.”
The special campaign reflects CER’s mission to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, particularly our youth, ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.


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