By Louise Secker, featuring Ginny Gentles, director of the Education Freedom Center at Independent Women’s Forum

The respected Independent Women’s Forum has launched a new “Education Freedom Center” to advance school choice and inform and empower parents about issues related to education.

“The overall goal of the Education Freedom Center (EFC) is to amplify the voices of women, many of whom felt powerless in 2020 when school districts did not open,” Gentles told The Lion. “IWF has recruited education freedom ambassadors – moms who have stories to tell. We are giving parents a platform, providing information and resources and amplifying their voices.”

“We are supportive of school choice, and also shining a light on what’s happening in our classrooms,” said Gentles. “That’s what makes us unique. You can’t ignore what’s happening. We need a solution. School choice is the mechanism for making that solution happen.”

“2021 was the ‘year of school choice.’ We’ve never seen anything like it,” Gentles said. “Measures of parental engagement are so high. There is broad support across all political parties, and many organizations advocating for educational freedom, knowing that school choice is the ultimate solution to problems we are seeing in schools today.

“And that’s exciting.”

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