Change the Narrative on School Choice: Upward Mobility, Innovation, and Education Opportunity
SPN’s Annual Meeting is the leading conference in the freedom movement aimed squarely at advancing state policy reforms essential to the American principles of liberty and law. Think tank leaders, network partners, and investors gather to strategize, network, learn from one another, share ideas, be inspired, and build requisite knowledge and skills.
Despite promising strides made over the past 25 years with school choice and charter laws, the public and most lawmakers still view the movement as disconnected from all others. They fail to see education reform as an opportunity to help more Americans out of poverty and into a successful, meaningful life. The challenges in enacting school choice laws are not just a result of union opposition, but also of the disconnect Americans have between education and economic success. Come hear from accomplished “doers” who have written and developed policy that connects these two issues. They will explain how changing our narrative—and tying an education reform agenda to economic success and upward mobility—can accelerate our success.
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Independent InstituteVicki E. Alger is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and author of the book Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children. She holds Senior Fellowships at the Fraser Institute, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C. Alger is also President and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Center for Education ReformJeanne Allen is an entrepreneur, an innovator and a leader. Her entire career has been devoted to edreform, and as a result, Jeanne is the most recognized and respected expert, thought leader, speaker, and writer in the field. She founded the Center for Education Reform (CER) in 1993 and leads the nationwide fight to ensure that the bedrock of U.S. schooling is innovation, freedom and flexibility.
National Charter Schools InstituteLeading the way toward a day when all students have access to a diverse array of exceptional schools where they can learn, grow and prepare for success, Jim Goenner serves as President & CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute. Jim joined the charter schools movement in 1995, and has played a prominent role in developing and strengthening the performance of the charter schools sector in Michigan and across the nation ever since. In 2010, Jim’s pioneering efforts and commitment to excellence earned him an induction into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. Prior to joining the Institute, Jim served as the Executive Director of The Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, where he led the first and largest university authorizer of charter public schools in the nation. Under Jim’s leadership, CMU became known as the “gold standard” for charter school authorizing.
John William Pope FoundationJohn Hood joined the Pope Foundation as president in January 2015. He is the former President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 with the support of the Pope Foundation and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. He remains Chairman of the Board at JLF.
Jack Kemp Foundation
Jimmy Kemp is President of the Jack Kemp Foundation, which he established in 2009. Its mission is to develop, engage and recognize exceptional leaders who champion the American idea, beginning with the premise that the condition of your birth shouldn’t determine the outcome of your life.