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Impact that school choice has on a child   Leave a comment

ACE is thrilled to premier this motion graphic video that shows the impact that school choice has on a child, and on our entire community.


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush keynotes ACE Scholarships luncheon in Denver   Leave a comment

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told an audience of 1,700 Denver business and civic leaders on Tuesday that a failing educational system puts the United States at risk of becoming a nation in decline.

Speaking at the spring luncheon of at the Hyatt Convention Center, Bush said the path to fixing the systems is more parental engagement, higher educational standards, better accountability, customized learning, reform of the teaching profession and empowering people with school choice.

“In schooling, the most important thing we ought to be doing is providing choice,” he said.

There is a deepening crisis in the United States.   Leave a comment

Half of African-American and Hispanic children drop out of high school. Of those who graduate, many read at a middle school level, and few are ready for college. Our poor, inner-city children are not receiving the education they need to become successful contributors to society.

Without a diploma these children are as likely to go to prison, as they are to go to college. The promise of the American Dream – “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement,” according to James Truslow Adams – is just that for these children: a dream.
We can fix this crisis. But first, we must truly understand the extent of the problem.
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ACE- Here’s to a great 2012!   Leave a comment

2011 was an incredible year for ACE punctuated by an incredible spring luncheon with keynote speaker Michelle Rhee. The tremendous outpouring of support from that event, and the generosity of our donors throughout the year, allowed us to supported 1,200 low-income children for the 2011-12 school year.

What’s more, last year’s success will enabled ACE to add 300 new scholarship recipients for the 2012-13 school year, increasing our scholarship program to 1,500 low-income children.
To put this in perspective, in 2008 ACE supported 727 students; to almost double our scholarship program during one of the most challenging economic climates in recent memory is an incredible achievement.
Thank you for all you have done to make this possible!
Just a month into the year, 2012 has already started off with some exciting developments
ACE was honored to partner with close to twenty other Colorado organizations to launch an online tool that allows parents to better understand how their public school is performing by assigning each school with an easy-to-understand letter-grade based on state data. This site gives parents valuable information to make an informed choice about their child’s education.
Also last month, we sponsored an exciting event as part of National School Choice Week during which tens of thousands of people attended more than 400 events across the nation to shine a spotlight on the need for better educational options for children.
ACE was the Title Sponsor of an event in Castle Rock that brought more than 1,200 people together to hear about the benefits of school choice and take away valuable ideas about how they can get involved in this critical cause.
2012 will indeed be an exciting year as we continue to showcase the  impact that school choice can have on the lives of kids… kids like Julio, Lindsay and Nehemias.
Thank you for your continued interest and investment in ACE and Colorado’s children. It’s an investment with untold rewards.Here’s to a great 2012!

Dr. Fuller Keynotes ACE Community Leadership Luncheon   Leave a comment

ACE Scholarships was honored to host Dr. Howard Fuller for a Community Leadership Luncheon in downtown Denver, with two hundred community leaders. Fuller, a Distinguished Professor of Education at Marquette University, and chair and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), is a passionate and dedicated national advocate for our country’s poorest children.


Asked why, after all these years, he continues to do this work Dr. Fuller called upon history for his answer:

“We must save as many children as we can”, Fuller said. “It’s like what Harriet Tubman faced in the 1850’s. She fought to end slavery, and ran the Underground Railroad to smuggle slaves out. She understood that she needed to save as many as she could until slavery was ended.”
Dr. Fuller understands that systemic change of our nation’s public educational systems takes time, and so while that important work is ongoing, we must save as many lives as we can now.
Talk about perspective! Can there be a higher calling today?
Dr. Fuller heard this call early in his life and has dedicated his entire professional career to the service of children, working tirelessly to provide every child with access to a great school.
In the early 1990’s, Dr. Fuller served as the superintendent of the Milwaukee Public School District, and spearheaded the first publicly-funded school voucher program in the nation.

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Joining Dr. Fuller at the podium was Charles Johnson, a member of the ACE Board of Directors and Assistant Athletic Director for CU-Boulder; Polly Baca, a founding board member for ACE Scholarships and a former Colorado State Senator; and James Coleman, ACE Director of Programs and Community Outreach.

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb was in attendance, along with members of the esteemed luncheon Host Committee:

  • Polly Baca, Former State Senator
  • Albus Brooks, Denver City Council
  • David Card, Escuela de Guadalupe
  • Sister Alicia Cuaron, Centro San Juan Diego
  • Peter Droege, The Daniels Fund
  • Ryan Frazier, Aurora City Council
  • Fernando Sergio Ferrufino, KBNO Radio
  • Zee Ferrufino, KBNO Radio
  • Vernard Gant, Association of Christian Schools International
  • Nita Gonzales, Escuela Tlatelolco
  • Charles Johnson, University of Colorado
  • Van Lucero, Boy Scouts of America
  • Adriana Muro, KDEN Telemundo Colorado
  • Mike Perez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver
  • Bishop Phillip Porter, Bishop Porter Ministries
  • Jose Sanchez, Metro State College
  • Michael Sapp, Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock
  • Laura Sonderoup, Heinrich Marketing
  • Landri Taylor, Urban League of Metro Denver

Posted November 8, 2011 by Lawrence Cranberg in Philanthropy

Alex Cranberg speak at Philanthropy Roundtable Oct 28th, Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ   Leave a comment

Alex Cranberg  - Philanthropy Roundtable

See Alex Cranberg speak at the Friday, October 28  3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

What Sparked the School Choice Resurgence of 2011?

Surprise! 2011 has been a monumental year for education reform. This year alone, 36 states have either passed or are considering comprehensive legislation on school vouchers, tax credits, and other education reform measures. Of these, 12 states and the District of Columbia have implemented reforms to expand or create school choice programs. What accounts for this sheer volume of school-funding reform activity? And what role did philanthropy play? While some have said the reforms were a byproduct of the 2010 elections, others have pointed to the dramatic shift in strategy away from white papers and editorials and towards public awareness-building and sophisticated political advocacy. At this session, speakers from three states that exemplify the resurgence—Colorado, Arizona, and Indiana—will explain how they turned things around. What are the lessons for donors who want to advance school choice reforms in their states? Where did reforms fail, and what can we learn from these failures? As the school choice movement moves forward, how can it maintain momentum and guard its victories as it evolves and matures?

Alex Cranberg Talks About His Political Views   Leave a comment

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Editor Mike Cote continues his interview with energy and education entrepreneur Alex Cranberg, who talks about his political views, including those on immigration reform.

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