Walter Blanks

Guest Blogger

Communications Associate

Columbus, Ohio

Walter Blanks Jr. is a Communications Associate at American Federation for Children (AFC) and the first private school choice program recipient AFC has hired. Before joining AFC’s national team full-time, Walter was chosen for the first cohort of the American Federation for Children Future Leaders Fellowship, a year-long advocacy and professional development program for graduates of private school choice programs. A champion of educational freedom, Walter shared his story across the country serving as a 2018 50CAN National Voices Fellow, an advocacy fellowship that aims to find, connect and support young leaders in education.

From a young age, Walter recognized that many children are still stuck in underperforming schools and wanted to do something about it. At AFC, Walter helps collect success stories from students across the country and highlights them as Voices for Choice, a vital program that puts names and faces to those who have been positively impacted by school choice.

Walter received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Production from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

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Posted Aug. 19, 2020

Kamala Harris Has an Opportunity to Stand Up for Black Kids

After months of speculation in what I personally believe is the least covered presidential campaign in modern history, Joe Biden…

By Walter Blanks

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Posted July 27, 2020

Black Lawmakers Must Prioritize Educational Opportunity for Black Families

For millions of K-12 students, the pandemic has led to unprecedented interruptions of critical education and services. Many students will…

By Denisha Merriweather, Walter Blanks

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Posted Sep. 4, 2019

Here’s How a Once-Bullied Kid Became a Fierce Advocate for Students and Education Freedom

As a kid, I was surrounded by people who were making awful choices—choices that led to many of my friends…

By Walter Blanks

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Posted Mar. 4, 2019

Betsy DeVos Has a New Plan for School Choice and I Think It Could Work

Choice is more prevalent in our society today than ever before. We make dozens of choices daily that impact our…

By Walter Blanks

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