Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to Keynote National School Choice Summit

Longtime school choice supporter to discuss school vouchers, education policy in major address.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will deliver a major policy address on school choice at the second annual National Policy Summit of the American Federation for Children on Monday, May 9, 2011, in Washington, D.C., the organization announced today. (
Corbett, who made education reform one of the hallmarks of his 2010 campaign for governor, is a supporter of school choice, charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and school vouchers for disadvantaged children.
In his luncheon speech to state and national school choice leaders on May 9, he is expected to address his goals for education policy in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“We are honored that Governor Corbett will join us to discuss the future of education reform in Pennsylvania and the need for enhanced school choice across America,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “Governor Corbett will address school choice supporters at a crucial time for his state and for the nation. Just as Pennsylvania is debating the future of a promising new school voucher proposal, other states are making unprecedented headway toward giving parents the option of selecting the best schools for their children—public or private.”
The AFC National Policy Summit, School Choice Now: Empowering America’s Children, will be held at the Washington Marriott (1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The event will inform and encourage school choice supporters to promote school choice programs in their own states and communities and will feature some of the nation’s leading public policy-makers and analysts—including former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, renowned pollster and political analyst Frank Luntz, and Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams, a chief sponsor of Pennsylvania’s Senate Bill 1. The summit is open to the public via registration at
Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also delivered a major address on school choice and education reform at the same event.
Prior to his election, Governor Corbett served as the state’s attorney general and as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. As attorney general, he fought to protect children from Internet predators, cracked down on illegal drugs, and reined in government corruption. A lifelong Pennsylvania resident, Governor Corbett taught history and civics at Pine Grove Area High School in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania before becoming an attorney.
AFC is a national 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to the advancement of school choice—particularly for disadvantaged families—through school vouchers, tax credit scholarships, and public charter schools.
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