Federation Vice-Chair John Kirtley and GreatSchools.Net Founder Bill Jackson to Moderate
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2013)–The American Federation for Children (AFC) – the nation’s voice for educational choice – will feature panels on the role of accountability in publicly funded private school choice programs and the importance of providing parents with reliable information about their school choices at this year’s fourth annual National Policy Summit.
“We believe strongly that reasonable accountability measures in school choice programs and providing quality information to help parents make the best school choices for their children are essential components for educational quality in America,” said AFC Chairman Betsy DeVos.
AFC Vice Chairman and Step Up For Students Chairman John Kirtley will moderate the accountability panel. Step Up For Students provides K-12 scholarships and related support to give economically disadvantaged families the freedom to choose the best school option for their children. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program is a model for the nation and currently serves over 50,000 children from low-income families. Panelists include Joe McTighe, Executive Director of the Council for American Private Education; Khawla Asmar, Assistant Principal, Salam School, Milwaukee; Robert Enlow, President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; and Adam Emerson, Director of the Program for Parental Choice at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
GreatSchools.org Founder and CEO Bill Jackson will moderate the school information panel. GreatSchools is the leading national source of school performance information for parents, reaching 41 million unique visitors and 44 percent of American families with children. Along with profiles of more than 200,000 PreK-12 schools and more than 1,000,000 parent and community ratings and reviews of schools, GreatSchools.org provides information, tips, activities, and tools that help parents get the best possible education for their children. Panelists include Mark Gleason, Executive Director, Philadelphia Partnership; Brother Bob Smith, former CEO, Messmer Catholic Schools, Milwaukee; and Alisha Thomas Morgan, State Representative from Georgia.
The American Federation for Children’s National Policy Summit is the nation’s premier annual gathering for school choice advocates interested in the intersection of education, politics, and public policy. This year’s Summit – Educational Choice for Children: Go Big, Go Bold – will include remarks from Indiana Governor Mike Pence; Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C.; and former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry. Additional speaker and panel announcements will be made in the coming days and weeks.
The Summit will be held Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, located just outside of our nation’s capital.
For more information on this year’s Summit, sponsorship opportunities, or to register, please visit www.AFCPolicySummit.com.