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CER Announces Silver Anniversary Honorees


Eight Outstanding Leaders of Education, Government & Industry to be Honored

(Washington, D.C. – May 30, 2018) – Recognized for their accomplishments in ensuring the creation and advancement of opportunities and innovation across the education landscape, the 8 honorees for CER’s 25th Anniversary are change agents, innovators, and leaders of breakthrough options for learners at all levels.

They will receive their awards and recognition for their unique accomplishments at the Center’s Silver Anniversary Summit & Celebration, October, 25 – 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida, “The Road to Innovation for ONE America.”

“These eight colleagues are education’s outliers,” said CER Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen. “They took action and challenged convention, even when it was unpopular. And together they represent the majority of advances in educational change in the US since the early 90s.”

“We’ve had the privilege of working alongside them and following their lead to ensure education opportunity and innovation reaches students and families everywhere.”

CER’s 25th honorees are:

·     Jon Hage, Founder and CEO, Charter Schools USA

·     Brian Jones, President, Strayer Education

·     J.C Huizenga, Founder, National Heritage Academies

·     Lisa Graham Keegan, CEO, Arizona Chamber Foundation

·     Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change

·     Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration Fund

·     Tommy Thompson, former Governor of Wisconsin

·     Fernando Zulueta, Founder and President, Academica

Please see this link for event details, registration and media information.


Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

For press inquiries regarding the events, please contact Mary Riner at, or call (202) 750-0016.