WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Education Freedom Center (EFC) at Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) honored Congresswoman Virginia Foxx with the inaugural Students Over Systems Award presented by Virginia (Ginny) Gentles, director of IWF’s Education Freedom Center and host of the Students Over Systems podcast, at the first Education Freedom luncheon.

The Students Over System Award recognizes a member of Congress or impactful advocate who demonstrates a commitment to advancing education freedom, including by advancing school choice, exposing teachers unions, celebrating parental rights, and prioritizing academics over activism. 

As the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Foxx has shown unwavering dedication to empowering students and parents as a federal champion for education freedom. Last year, Rep. Foxx helped secure House passage of the “Parents Bill of Rights” and joined Students Over Systems to discuss how the legislation supports parental rights in K-12 education. A relentless advocate for education freedom, Rep. Foxx has continued to call for accountability for the alarming learning loss and academic decline in K-12 education. 

“We are so pleased to acknowledge Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’s unwavering support for education freedom and parental rights by presenting her with the inaugural Students Over Systems Award,” said Ginny Gentles. “In recent years, parents like me have faced prolonged school closures, onerous mask mandates, classroom materials crafted by activists, and schools determined to view parents as the enemy.” 

Ginny added, “At every turn, Congresswoman Foxx has been a relentless and tireless advocate for parents and students – calling for investigations, legislatively championing school choice and parental rights, leading hearings, and speaking on behalf of concerned families and teachers. She knows that swift and decisive action is the only appropriate response to a K-12 education system that fails to meet the needs of students, families, and educators. We are grateful to have her on our side.” 

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx said, “It is such an honor to have received the IWF’s Students Over Systems Award. Safeguarding academic freedom and putting the needs of America’s future leaders first are solemn responsibilities that I will always uphold. You can count on my doing so both now and in the future.”

During her acceptance, Representative Foxx shared her commitment to reducing the role of the federal government in education.

IWF’s Education Freedom luncheon is the first in a series of quarterly Capitol Hill events which will raise awareness about tremendous state-level school choice victories, educate congressional staff about education freedom and parental rights, and encourage members of Congress to address issues that prioritize students over systems. 



Independent Women’s Forum is dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well intended but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities.

IWF’s Education Freedom Center (EFC) advances school choice and empowers parents by advocating for a more vibrant education marketplace. The EFC informs the public about the benefits of education freedom and highlights school choice as a solution to the power imbalance between parents and unresponsive school districts.