Chad Mathis to Serve as Chairman of the Alabama Federation for Children

MONTGOMERY (Feb. 26, 2015) – The Alabama Federation for Children, the state’s voice for educational choice, is pleased to announce that Dr. Chad Mathis will be serving the state-based organization as Chairman.

“Alabama is emerging as a national leader in education reform by offering parents access to innovative high quality educational options for their children” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We’re proud to announce Dr. Chad Mathis as the chairman of the Alabama Federation for Children. His experience, insight and leadership will further enable us to help empower families and improved education outcomes for all Alabama students.”

Dr. Mathis is managing partner of the Alabama Bone and Joint Clinic in Birmingham, where he is an orthopedic surgeon. He is married to his wife, Angie, and has two children, Abby and Ben. Chad came to prominence in 2014 as a 1st time congressional candidate, creating a massive political and fundraising organization that almost won a spot in a runoff to replace the retiring Congressman, Spencer Bachus.

“One of the issues I emphasized over and over again during my campaign for Congress was that every student, regardless of their zip code or family income, should have access to a quality education,” said Dr. Mathis. “We have seen how successful school choice programs can be in Alabama through the tax credit scholarship program created by the Accountability Act, and I am committed to making sure that all Alabama families have a choice in where their child gets an education. I am excited to be joining the Alabama Federation for Children to help spread the message that parents deserve to have a choice when it comes to educating their kids.”

The Alabama Federation for Children exists to advocate on behalf of parents in order to give them more choices for their child’s education. Alabama has long been dominated by a teacher’s union that has cared more about political influence than children in the classroom. “With AEA (Alabama Education Association) in shambles and a Legislative leadership committed to giving more option to parents, Alabama has the chance to become a leader in the educational choice movement,” Mathis said.

The Alabama Federation for Children also created a Political Action Committee during the 2014 election cycle. Even though AEA was able to outspend AFC PAC by as much as 27 to 1, AFC went 13 for 13 in targeted races, helping to defend legislators who voted for the Alabama Accountability Act, elect candidates to open seats who professed a desire to see more educational choice, such as creating the state’s first charter school law, and defeat incumbent legislators who did not support educational choice.

 

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The Alabama Federation for Children is the state-based affiliate of the American Federation for Children.

The 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.

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