Statement of Principles

America’s Disadvantaged Children and the Three-sector Approach

For 50 years, America has struggled to provide low-income students, especially those in inner cities, with high-quality schools. The consequence has been devastating: Generational poverty, disenfranchised neighborhoods, and millions of boys and girls robbed of the American Dream.

But we have not been asleep at the switch. Over this half-century, some of our sharpest minds, strongest backs, and deepest pockets have attempted to solve the problem. Decades of effort have been poured into improving district-run schools. Two decades ago work on a parallel track was launched through the passage of a tax supported voucher program in Wisconsin and the option to create charter schools in Minnesota. The voucher program provided limited access for low-income parents to send their children to private schools, and the charter school legislation provided for the possibility of the development of new public schools with increased autonomy and accountability.

In spite of all of our best efforts, gains in district schools have been modest. Although chartering has produced many outstanding schools, numerous barriers have impeded the creation of a sufficient number of high-quality charter seats. Even with the expanded choice to the private sector, they also have produced modest results. So despite the expenditure of enormous personal and financial resources, it is still sadly true today that far too few needy boys and girls have access to great schools.

 

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Kevin Mills NTLBAEO
Constance Anderson-White BAEO
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Bill Phillips
Dirk Bedford Meeting Street Sch...
Jacob Waters STUDENTSFIRST
Chris Tessone SFF
Ankeet Shah ASD
Morgan Brown CSP
Seth Saavedra TFA
Ojiugo Uzoma FES
Erika Gates Mobilize For Chang...
Offiong Bassey BAEO
Kristen Forbriger PSP
Jill Kafka The Partnership fo...
Jose Afonso SABIS
Kevin Baxter ADLA
Charles Shryock BMHS
Myles Mendoza ECI
Robert Calderin
Maxine Johnson BAEO
Angelete Melhado MCS (Melhado Consu...
John Kirtley Step Up For Studen...
Cynthia Henson Baeo
Jack McCarthy AppleTree Institut...
grace marsh CRC
Karen Lebron AMASA
Ethan Ashley BAEO
LaShundra Richmond BAEO
Shana Dantzler baeo
Janis McKellar
Kelsi Brooks
Jean Pierre Hospital Psiquiatr...
Alkinee Jackson BAEO
David Thomas BAEO
Tracie Craft BAEO
Emily Gullickson
Zachary Hollifield
Midhraid Torres
Lakrystal Johnson
Megi Theodhor
Jennifer Littlejohn BAEO
Maribel Torre-Pinero BAEO
Tanzi West Barbour BAEO
kristoffer adams MEA
Tiffany Forrester BAEO
Melissa Stallworth BAEO
Monique Pittman BAEO
Mendell Grinter BAEO
Jacqueline Cooper BAEO
Deborah McGriff TLA
Raul Espinosa Umbrella Initiativ...
Luz Espinoza
Luana Goncalves Hispanic CREO
Shree medlock BAEO
Margie Giraldo
Jackeline Alers
Michelle Gordon ACCS
Jennifer Greenwood
John Keegan self
Joshua Dwyer Ed Choice Illinois
Kara Kerwin CER
Caprice Young Education Growth G...
Doug Tuthill Step Up For Studen...
Gary Houchens WKU
Sandra Perez
Ariele Johnson
Judy Fr
Heather Tucker-Holden
Scott Rupe
John Taylor School Turnaround
terry wakefield Shelby county scho...
terra Matthews parent
Jemiah SELF Initiative
Shilisha Loogan PCA
Judith Romelus
Judith Romelus
Matt Prewett TXPU
Roberta Taylor SCC
Daria Dillard Stone Parents Advancing...
Deborah Jones
Chanae Jackson-Baker EU2S, Inc
Thomas Stewart Patten University
Clifton McMillan
Virginia Walden Ford Arkansas Parent Ne...
Carra Powell AFC
Tamara Smith TFA
Julio Fuentes HCREO
Kenneth Campbell BAEO
Darrell Allison PEFNC
Howard Fuller Marquette Universi...
Lisa Graham Kegan Former Sup. AZ
Patrick Dobard LA-RSD
Derrell Bradford
Omar Duque IHCC
John Schoenig ACE at Notre Dame
Rod Paige Former US Sec. Ed
Sol Stern Manhattan Institut...
Mashea Ashton BAEO
Felix Martinez Alvaedu
Michelle Rhee StudentsFirst
Andy Smarick Bellwether
Michael Petrilli Fordham Institute
Chester E. Finn, Jr. Fordham Institute
RiShawn Biddle Dropout Nation
Neerav Kingsland
Gerard Robinson Former FL Commissi...
Steve Perry Educator
Nina Gilbert
Bishop Cheryl McBride Brown

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