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Yankee Institute Gets Radical For Parent Choice
Free to Learn education lunch in Bridgeport Friday, July 28
Bridgeport – Yankee Institute believes that every child should be free to learn, and that parents, with effective resources, are the ones best-equipped to choose the education that will meet their individual children’s particular needs.
Next week, Yankee will host its first Free to Learn event featuring Dr. Howard Fuller. From Marxist radical to parent choice advocate, Dr. Fuller of Marquette University is a distinguished civil rights activist and education reformer. (See full bio below.)
Recognizing the contributions of numerous groups that are working hard to improve education policy in Connecticut, Yankee Institute welcomes participants from across the state.
“We welcome policy experts, but we also extend a special invitation to parents to join us for this event because, after all, they are the experts on their own children,” said Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute. “We want Connecticut parents to come share with us about their experiences, and offer their insights about how we can work together to create more choices, more opportunity and a better education for all our children.”
The lunch event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.
Free to Learn: A Justice in Education Event
Featuring Dr. Howard Fuller
Friday, July 28
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Bridgeport-Trumbull-Fairfield
1070 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Yankee embraces all educational options — whether public, charter, private, online, parochial or home school. What matters is that each child receives a quality education that offers him or her the opportunity to succeed. All parents should feel empowered to engage and have access to the right educational opportunities for their children.
To be free to succeed, each child must be free to learn. The pathway there is through parent choice and involvement.
More about Dr. Fuller
In 1991, Dr. Fuller became superintendent of the Milwaukee School System, which had recently created the Parental Choice Program. Dr. Fuller expanded that program during his tenure, making it one of the most successful parental choice programs in the country. Today, Dr. Fuller’s program allows 27,000 city students to attend 117 different private schools, and has spread throughout Wisconsin. Dr. Fuller is the director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, where he continues to advocate for inner city children trapped in failing schools.
The Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy works to transform Connecticut into a place where everyone is free to succeed.