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A great education is every child’s key to a great future. And every child deserves access to a high-quality public school — one that meets the child’s learning needs and unlocks the door to that great future.

Public-school choice is an essential part of unlocking that door.

Education is not one size fits all; children have different learning styles, and we need to provide all of our families with a range of high-quality public schools and empower them to find the right fit for their child.

What about Charter Schools?

High-quality charter schools help empower families.

Across the country, there are thousands of charter schools that are changing the lives of children, particularly in communities that have for decades suffered from a lack of high-quality educational opportunities.

Many high-quality charter schools are fostering innovation, offering specialized learning programs, and giving families choices.

Accountability is also an essential part of maximizing the power of choice.

Public charter schools — like traditional public schools — should be open to all kids, support and develop excellence in teaching, and show strong results in the classroom.

We need to give all families the power to choose the best public school for their child.

Posted July 20, 2021

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

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Posted Feb. 10, 2021

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Posted Jan. 29, 2021

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