Mary Gifford

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Senior Vice President of Education Policy and External Affairs, K12 Inc.

Phoenix, Arizona

Mary Gifford is the senior vice president of education policy and external affairs for K12 Inc., an online learning provider. She served on the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and as the state superintendent’s appointee for 11 years. She is also the founder and former director of the Arizona Virtual Academy, an online public charter school.

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Posted June 8, 2016

Let’s Get Some Context and Real Reform Around Charter School Graduation Rates

This piece was written in response to posts by Nelson Smith, senior adviser at the National Association of Charter School…

By Mary Gifford

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 26, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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