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Introducing Opportunity and Hope, a new book by Naomi Schaefer Riley

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Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce the publication of Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives through Scholarships by Naomi Schaefer Riley, author, former Wall Street Journal editor, and columnist for the New York Post.

In this new book, Ms. Riley profiles ten young men and women from across America whose lives were improved when they were awarded scholarships to attend private schools. Nearly all of these students received assistance from CSF or CSF partner programs.

Jason Tejada, one of the CSF alumni profiled who recently graduated from Columbia and now works at JPMorgan Chase, featured prominently in Ms. Riley’s column in yesterday’s New York Post.

Jason and the other scholarship alumni included in Opportunity and Hope represent the 139,000 children who have benefited from a CSF scholarship since our inception in 1998. These young adults are living proof of what can happen when families are empowered to choose the schools that best meet their children’s needs. Thank you to all our generous donors who make their stories possible!

CSF’s Fall Newsletter Released

coverimageThis just in: the Fall 2013 CSF newsletter is here! Click through to read:

  • A special thank you from a CSF parent;
  • Coverage on the recent NY rally for education tax credits;
  • News on CSF alumni graduation rates;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • A feature on a Harlem cooking workshop for CSF families,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at the Children’s Scholarship Fund!

 

New CSF Annual Report Available Now

CSF’s 2012-13 annual report is hot off the presses today and available for downloading at: http://bit.ly/FY1213AR.

Take a moment to read about some of the thousands of families nationwide who are using scholarships provided by CSF or CSF partner programs and find out how parental choice in education is making a difference in the lives of more and more families.

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CSF Alum Joins Sports Heroes at Champions for Choice Event

On the eve of the ESPY awards, Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha alum Josh Jones was privileged to be one of several athletes discussing the value of parental choice in education at the Champions for Choice event in Los Angeles.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie and former NBA star and current ESPN/NBA analyst Jalen Rose were the evening’s co-hosts, and both spoke about how they got involved with education reform and came to believe that all parents should have the power to choose the school that best fits their children’s needs. Kevin P. Chavous of the American Federation for Children also addressed the star-studded crowd, which included Vince Young, Vivica A. Fox, and Lou Gossett Jr. among others. Josh met and posed for photos with many of the athletes and actors!

CSF Omaha alum Josh Jones with actress Regina King at last night's Champions for Choice event. (Photo: Josh Jones)

CSF Omaha alum Josh Jones with actress Regina King at last night’s Champions for Choice event. (Photo: Josh Jones)

As an athlete who benefited from school choice  himself, Josh was perfectly suited to participate in Champions for Choice. He first used a CSF Omaha scholarship to attend Jesuit Middle School as a fourth-grader, and it was there where he decided he wanted a future in basketball. Josh jokes that he learned to be a diligent and well-behaved student because the school rewarded good behavior with extra time on the basketball court!

After middle school, Josh played basketball at Omaha Central High School (winning three state championships and setting a record for scoring points) and then earned a scholarship to Creighton University, where he was a standout guard for the Bluejays.

Along the way, Josh has faced and overcome some serious setbacks. He was only a sophomore in high school when his father passed away. And last December, Josh was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition and had to undergo surgery and cut short the final year of his Creighton career. (You can read more on ESPN’s website here.)

Just last month, Josh wowed the audience at CSF Omaha’s annual luncheon with his story and his positivity. “Everyone has choices in life, but not everyone has a chance,” he said. “Where I grew up, I was surrounded by drugs and violence every day. I could choose to go left or choose to go right. The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha gave me the chance to make the right choice and change my family’s legacy.”

Tonight, Josh is a guest at the ESPY Awards, getting the chance to meet and mingle with many of his sports heroes. Thank you, Josh, for representing CSF so well, and thank you to the American Federation for Children for giving Josh this opportunity!  

On the red carpet were: Kevin P. Chavous; Lou Gossett Jr.; Lisa Leslie, and Jalen Rose. Event  co-sponsors included the American Federation for Children, the Alliance for School Choice, the Broad Foundation, and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. (Photo: AFC)

On the red carpet were: Kevin P. Chavous; Lou Gossett Jr.; Lisa Leslie, and Jalen Rose. Event co-sponsors included the American Federation for Children, the Alliance for School Choice, the Broad Foundation, and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. (Photo: AFC)

Read All About It: CSF’s Spring Newsletter Is Here

The latest CSF newsletter has just arrived from the printer.Spring13CoverWEB

Download the Spring 2013 newsletter to read:

  • Coverage of CSF Chair Mike McCurry’s recent speech on parental choice;
  • News about the Graduating Class of 2013 and one special college grad;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • An update on our Stay in School Fund for families affected by Hurricane Sandy,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

 

NJ Governor Chris Christie Supports Choice at CSF Philadelphia Event

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was presented with a Citizen of the Year award at Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia’s (CSFP) annual Student Award Ceremony this morning.

Governor Christie told the audience of CSFP Scholars, their families, and CSFP supporters that he wanted to accept the award in person because he believes it is important to put parents in charge of their child’s education.

“I will say it over and over again: No one cares about a child’s education more than a parent. And parents need to be empowered to make those choices regardless of their income, regardless of the means they bring to the table,” he said. “Their children’s dreams are no less precious than the children of parents of greater means.”

CSFP, a partner of the national Children’s Scholarship Fund, provided scholarships to 3,500 Philadelphia children to attend private schools in 2012-13.

Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Student Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Student Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

CSF Chair Mike McCurry Makes Case for Choice

This morning, CSF Chairman Mike McCurry addressed the Alliance for School Choice summit, discussing how he came to be involved with Children’s Scholarship Fund and parental choice. He urged education reformers and policymakers to remain above the fray and focus on the positive stories of children and parents who are helped by scholarships and choice programs rather than demonizing opponents of choice.

“My suggestion is that we should be thinking of this movement as part of the antidote to the poison that’s now invaded our political system,” McCurry said, adding that reformers should “make this an issue that’s not about left and right and not about Republican and Democrat but about what works for kids and what doesn’t work.”

Telling the story of Jason Tejada, a CSF alumnus who is graduating from Columbia University this week and starting a job at J.P. Morgan, McCurry said the power of stories like Jason’s give energy to fuel the fight for better options for families unlucky enough to live in a zip code with low-performing schools.

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McCurry also called for an increased emphasis on the quality rather than quantity of choices available, noting that not every charter school or private school is high-performing. However, he remained optimistic and encouraged the audience to continue working for parental choice.

“We’ve got to stay the course, continue to do the hard work, go big, go bold, …to make sure we get to that destination in which every child in this country goes to a school that equips them for their future and every parent has the opportunity to make a choice about how that kid will be educated,” he concluded.

You can watch the speech online here and read more from Redefined’s blog here.