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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Reginald Johnson Harvard Graduate S...
Elishia Townsend
Phyllis Lingard Faith House
Robert McAdory
Leila Causey Shelby County Scho...
Tabitha lawrence SEEDERS
John Chan
Jocelyn Allen Land Life Investme...
Jeremy Knight SFER
Charles Glenn Boston University
Constance Anderson BAEO
William Phillips
Dirk Bedford Meeting Street Sch...
Chris Tessone SFF
Ankeet Shah ASD
Morgan Brown CSP
Seth Saavedra TFA
Ojiugo Uzoma FES
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
Ericka Murphy BAEO
John Melhado, Jr. MCS (Melhado Consu...
John Kirtley Step Up For Studen...
Cynthia Henson Baeo
Jack McCarthy AppleTree Institut...
Grace J. Marsh CRC
Karen Lebron AMASA
Casey Versailles Versailles BAEO
LaShundra Richmond BAEO
Shana Dantzler baeo
Janis McKellar
Kelsi Brooks
Jean Pierre Hospital Psiquiatr...
Annette Claiborne BAEO
David Thomas BAEO
Tracie Craft Craft BAEO
Emily Gullickson
Zachary Hollifield
Midhraid Torres
Lakrystal Johnson
Jennifer Littlejohn BAEO
Maribel Torre-Pinero BAEO
Tanzi West Barbour West BAEO
kristoffer adams MEA
Tiffany Forrester BAEO
Melissa Stallworth BAEO
Monique Pittman BAEO
Jacqueline Cooper BAEO
Deborah McGriff TLA
Raul Espinosa Umbrella Initiativ...
Luz Espinoza
Luana Goncalves Hispanic CREO
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 Turhi Step Up For Studen...
Gary Houchens WKU
Sandra Perez
Ariele Johnson
Judy Ford
Heather Tucker-Holden
Scott Rupe
John Taylor School Turnaround
Terry Wakefield Shelby county scho...
Terra Matthews parent
Jemiah SELF Initiative
Shilisha Logan PCA
Judith Smith
Judith Romelus
Matt Prewett TXPU
Roberta Taylor SCC
Daria Stone Parents Advancing...
Deborah Jones
Chanae Jackson EU2S, Inc
Thomas Stewart Patten University
Clifton J, McMillan.Sr.
Virginia Ford Arkansas Parent Ne...
Tamara Smith TFA
Julio Fuentes HCREO
Kenneth Campbell BAEO
Darrell Allison PEFNC
Dr. 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
Nyla Benjamin Former FL Commissi...
Steve Perry Educator
Nina Gilbert
Bishop Cheryl McBride Brown

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