November 13, 2023 3:50 pm

Conference Highlights, Illinois Voucher Victory and More

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Our Tenth Anniversary Conference was an Outstanding Success

That is what we heard, over and over, from the over 400 attendees who came from all over the United States to gather in Washington D.C. Over 200 organizations, national, state,and local, sent representatives to convene with us last month. You can watch our keynote speakers as well as seven of our forty-four panels and highlights of previous conferences by clicking the image below.  

Great news. Last week, the Illinois state legislature let that state’s voucher program sunset without renewal. Much of the credit goes to a small but tenacious grassroots group in our network, Illinois Families for Public Schools. NPE was proud to sign on to their efforts. You can read more about it here.

 And the good news does not end there.

  • Pro-public ed Governor Andy Beshear was re-elected in Kentucky.
  • Virginia’s Younkin, who has waged war on public schools, did not achieve the majority he wanted in the legislature.
  • And Moms for Liberty candidates went down to resounding defeats in the majority of school board races in which they ran.
  • Valerie Strauss did a great recap here in the Washington Post.