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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.

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 ColoradoSchoolGrades.com 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!

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?

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