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State of the States: How Do Our Governors Stack Up on Education?

Governors all over the country are in the midst of delivering their State of the State addresses, laying out their reflections on the last year and where they plan to go this year. What better time than during National School Choice Week for reformers to compare and challenge – what’s your chief executive’s record compared to when he or she ran for office and what have they done?

CER’s Educationfifty.com offers analysis on where governors stand on three core edreform tenets: 1) strong charter school laws, 2) meaningful school choice, and 3) strong teacher quality efforts, providing information to help you gauge whether they are acting on their original commitments, today.

From Boston, Mass. where there is a major cap lift going on and a governor that’s been true to his promises, to Tennessee where progress toward full vouchers for the most needy is finally on a positive path and holds hope for that governor’s initial promises, it’s important to not just know but highlight how state chief executives are doing in ensuring innovation thrives in our schools.

With states our laboratories for change, it’s a critical time just one month into the new year to take stock.

Here’s a list of State of the State addresses that have already occurred, and whether or not education reform was addressed (Click on a state’s name to be taken to full Education50 analysis):

Gov. Walker’s State of the State address touched on the need to ensure high-quality educators for Alaska’s children.

Gov. Ducey, in his State of the State address, discussed philanthropic foundations that are investing into the state education system and his intent to partner with them to expand opportunities for low-income children (and to further arts and sciences programs).

Gov. Brown’s State of

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A Family’s Choice

From the Nevada Public Public Policy Research Institute comes this story of a couple who have made it their mission to help low-income children through education, and whose dreams may be shattered by the anti-reform efforts of unions and other groups to block Nevada Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) in court from becoming reality in the classroom.

Starting as educators in Detroit, DaJuane and Tamara Anderson moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and founded The Anderson Academy of Mathematics and Science, a private school “with the sole purpose” of helping at-risk students succeed with their education.”

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“So many parents in this community have a one-track mind when it comes to private schools,” DaJuane told the Nevada Policy Research Institute. “They think all private schools are expensive, far away or not designed for struggling minority students. We want to tear down that perception.”

Nevada’s new Education Savings Account (ESA) program made the $500-a-month tuition more feasible for low-income families searching for an alternative to their assigned neighborhood school failing to meet their child’s learning needs.

Sadly, Nevada’s program is in legal limbo right now because it is being challenged by a group of parents and the ACLU in two different lawsuits, threatening the potential for more parents to give their own children the dream of a great education, and not just parents who want better education opportunities for their children, but parents who want to CREATE better education opportunities for kids, like The Andersons.

Today we celebrate families helping other families make it possible to make the best possible choice for their children’s education.

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Neither Snow, Nor Storm, Nor Dark of Night…

…Can Keep School Choice Week from Taking Flight!

At the heart of any successful education reform effort is freedom – the freedom for students, parents and educators to have new opportunities, and schools to pursue new innovations or ideas.

That’s why we’re thrilled to have a week to share how freedom works when it’s permitted in education. We salute all those engaged in thScreen Shot 2016-01-25 at 8.31.37 AMis, the 6th annual National School Choice Week, and join with the tens of thousands across the country – and globe – in celebrating the power and ever-growing potential of school choice. This year, there are more than 16,000 events planned in the U.S. and beyond, making this week the largest celebration of education choice in history.

Throughout the week, we will share numerous and diverse choice opportunities in education to help you follow the events of the week and share across the net to help raise public awareness for school choice.

And Don’t Forget!

1. Use #SCW to add your voice to the largest ever digital #SchoolChoice event!

2. Find an event near you! Use the school choice week map to locate and attend one of the more than16,000 events planned across all 50 states and Washington, D.C.!

3. Watch & share the official NSCW 2016 kickoff video!

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4.Get educated! Learn facts about school choice and share them with the click of a button.

And let us know if you have questions, suggestions or ideas to share and we will help you get them out there!

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