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2017 National Summit to Feature Four Sessions on Opportunity & Choice in Education

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) today announced that the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform will showcase conversations about opportunity and choice in education at the annual event in Nashville, Tennessee. On November 30 – December 1, these four separate strategy sessions—featuring some of the nation’s leading experts—will cover crucial issues facing today’s education leaders:

In Myth vs. Fact: The Truth about Private School Choice, expert researchers will offer a spin-free explanation on what the research says about the advantages and disadvantages of private school choice and will share how these findings can inform states’ work to expand high-quality education options for all students.

For many parents of students with disabilities, choice programs have been a lifeline, but some perceive these programs as a threat to hard-fought efforts to provide students with disabilities access to an appropriate public education. Lifeline vs. Obstacle: A Look at Choice & Special Education will address these concerns and provide an in-depth look at how choice programs are working for students with special needs.

Join Diversity & Pluralism: The Future of American Education? to learn about the challenges of moving from a system of uniform district schools to a decentralized system of parent-driven diversity. An esteemed panel of experts will discuss these issues and many others that face the future of educational options in America.

Charter schools are still growing, but at a much slower rate than just a few years ago. Turning the Tide: Tools to Promote Charter School Growth will offer a conversation with researchers and state lawmakers to learn what is behind this trend and how states can address the need for more quality schools in our communities.<

ExcelinEd’s National Summit on Education Reform, now in its 10th year, will convene leaders from across the nation and around the world to share strategies to improve the quality of education for each and every child at the Omni Nashville Hotel from November 29 – December 1.

Governor Jeb Bush will open the National Summit’s content-rich agenda with a keynote address on Thursday, November 30. The National Summit will focus on reform topics of educational opportunity, innovation and accountability in general sessions with nationally renowned speakers, targeted strategy sessions and hands-on workshops featuring policy experts, legislators and educators sharing proven and next generation policy solutions for improving learning for all students.

Each year, the National Summit on Education Reform serves as a strategic convening for leaders who want a timely, comprehensive overview of all elements of transformative education policy. The unique gathering equips them with the knowledge, know-how and a network of experts to champion students in every classroom across America. Last year’s National Summit convened 1,045 education leaders from 47 states, with 94 percent of attendees praising the event as “outstanding” or “above average.”

Visit the National Summit website for speaker information, details on this year’s event and to register. Follow @ExcelinEd on Twitter for the latest news and updates, and use #EIE17 to join the National Summit conversation.


Keynote addresses and strategy sessions will be open to the media. Members of the press interested in covering the event must request credentials in advance. Media registration will open online in November.