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Public schools are failing children. But, there is BIG disagreement on what the solution is.

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By Colleen Hroncich - Denisha Merriweather Allen says her life would be very different today if not for school choice. She grew up in an impoverished community in Jacksonville, Florida. Her family had lived in poverty there for at least four generations. They were well‐​known in the community and in the local schools. “She’s a Merriweather,” teachers would say, with the implication being not to expect anything from her.

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Georgia Democrat defects to GOP after she says Dems ‘crucified’ and ‘abandoned’ her

A Peach State lawmaker who angered her Democratic colleagues in the Georgia state House of Representatives over her support for a recent school choice bill has announced she is officially switching parties.

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COMMENTARY: Portrait of Black School Founders: A survey of Black education entrepreneurs and how they are demystifying education freedom

In mainstream media, school choice is often framed as taking money away from public schools or being elite, white, and only a conservative policy issue. Yet Black school founders’ very existence directly debunks these common myths. My own experience does, too. That’s why I founded Black Minds Matter, a national movement to support education freedom. We launched the first-ever Black-founded schools directory in 2020. Today, the directory houses over 400 schools that are owned or operated by Black education entrepreneurs, and recently, I joined up with colleagues Dava Cherry and Ron Matus at Step Up For Students to conduct a survey of the 100-member Black School Founder Network. The 61 founders who participated in the survey give us incredible insight into the reality of school choice.

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BREAKING: New Yass Award For Education Freedom Announced

WASHINGTON – Governors of Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma have been tapped by The Yass Prize, the most prestigious award in education, to nominate 10 education providers in their respective states for The Yass Award for Education Freedom. Each of the winners will receive a share of the new $5 million award to serve more students.

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A small Pinellas school offers affirmation, representation, hugs galore

Entering its second year, Infinite Potential Learning Academy is out to let the kids “know you care.” As soon as Twanna Monroe and her husband, Kori, entered the classroom, the previously subdued kindergartners and first graders squirmed their way out of crisscross applesauce and ran to the pair’s open arms for hugs.

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Meek Mill among 65 endorsing lifeline scholarships

Meek Mill – a rapper, activist, and Philadelphia native – is one of the lead signatories on a letter sent to Gov. Josh Shapiro, two of his cabinet members, and the General Assembly that says the Lifeline Scholarship program will free students trapped in “failing” schools, irrespective “of their family’s socioeconomic status or their zip code.”

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Black Minds Matter: How One Woman is Leading the Charge for School Change

Denisha Allen’s journey from a troubled student to a master’s degree graduate and leader in education reform is a model of the American Dream. Born in a poor neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida, Denisha’s early experience with public schools was about as bad as it gets. Her life at home was a struggle, and going to school was like going off to battle. Her mom and uncles had already dropped out, and her teachers had already given up on her because she shared their last name. She was terrified of being called on in class because she was reading below her grade level and regularly had to avoid getting into physical and emotional fights with her classmates.

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Special report: Insights from first-ever survey of Black educational entrepreneurs

Editor’s note: This report was compiled by Denisha Merriweather, founder of Black Minds Matter and senior fellow at the American Federation for Children; Dava Cherry, former director for enterprise data and research at Step Up For Students; and Ron Matus, director for research and special projects at Step Up For Students. Across America, education entrepreneurs are on the rise, fueled by frustration with traditional schools, a pandemic that magnified the inequities of public education, and the accelerating expansion of education choice. Black education entrepreneurs are in the thick of it. We wanted to learn more about this distinctive group of innovators. So, we surveyed Black school founders who are listed on the Black-owned Schools Directory maintained by Black Minds Matter. The responses we received from 61 founders are a first-ever glimpse into who these entrepreneurs are.

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