AFC Visits Super Bowl 50 Radio Row
Brings message of hope and opportunity for America’s students trapped in underperforming schools
San Francisco (Feb. 4, 2016) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, announced that Champions for Choice in Education Ambassador Jalen Rose will be conducting interviews at Super Bowl 50 Radio Row. Rose, a long time champion for school choice who founded his own public charter school in Detroit, will conduct a series of interviews about the importance of offering educational options to every child. This is the third consecutive year that AFC will have a presence at Super Bowl Radio Row.
AFC’s Champions for Choice in Education initiative engages athletes and celebrities who are passionate about offering students access to educational options that better suit their needs, whether that’s another public school, public charter school, private school, home school – any school that helps a child reach their full potential.
For the second year in a row, AFC released a celebrity PSA, “Every Child Matters,” featuring Jalen Rose, Lisa Leslie, Shaq O’Neil, Marcellus Wiley, Laila Ali, Elise Neal and many others.
The visit to Super Bowl 50 comes immediately following National School Choice Week which featured more than 16,000 events in celebration of school choice in all 50 states. Mid-week, AFC released a new national poll that found 70 percent of Americans support school choice, including 65 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of millennials.
- 400,000 students across the country take advantage of private school choice programs
- There are 48 private school choice programs in 23 states plus the District of Columbia
- These programs allow parents to send their child to a private school – utilizing existing education tax dollars.
Independent research supports the benefits of school choice
- Washington, D.C. – Students who use the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program have a 90 percent graduation rate, 30 percentage points higher than their counterparts in D.C. Public Schools
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Students participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program had a 76 percent graduation rate, 7.2 percentage points higher than their counterparts in Milwaukee Public Schools
- Florida – Students who participate in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program typically gain an additional year’s worth of learning in a year’s worth of time.
American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families. www.federationforchildren.org