Broad nonpartisan coalition supports school choice reforms |

Broad nonpartisan coalition supports school choice reforms

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation released a statement in support of school choice reforms.

Some of the groups supporting school choice include Americans for Prosperity Foundation, National Minority Educators Association for Charter Schools, Michelle Rhee’s Students First, The Heritage Foundation, Foundation for Excellence in Education and American Enterprise Institute.

“We appreciate this wide variety of groups for their efforts to strengthen choice in education for students,” said AFP Foundation President Tim Phillips. “With such widespread support, it is incredibly disappointing that some teachers unions seem more concerned about maintaining the status quo than embracing the clear benefits these education reforms provide to all our children.”

Those against school choice are preventing progress and opportunity, Phillips said.

“The people and groups who oppose school choice are standing in the way of progress and a lifetime of opportunities for the poorest among us.” Phillips said. “Sadly the opponents of school choice care more about their own interests than millions of poor, minority children being educated in failing schools when better options and better schools are available.”

AFP Foundation dispelled many of the myths of the school choice movement yesterday in a statement that can be reached at

The main opponents to school choice, including the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, Nancy Pelosi and Karen Lewis, leader of the Chicago Teachers Union, are frequently against even the most basic of school reforms, such as merit-based teacher pay.

“It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children … [we] are effective advocates because we have power,” said Bob Chanin, the National Education Association’s top retiring lawyer, at the NEA’s annual meeting in July 2009.

Earlier in the week, AFP Foundation released an extensive review of the major education reforms in our country, which can be viewed at

For information about AFP Foundation, visit

The AFP Foundation and the groups that support school choice recognize that education is a matter of fundamental fairness, Phillips said.

“Instead of focusing on grown-ups,” Phillips said, “we should be focusing on giving kids the best chance to succeed in school and in life.”

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