The daylong forum, held on February 9th in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, will discuss the urgency of promoting academic excellence for every child, regardless of family income, socio-economic status or background.
Choosing Excellence: A Forum on the Freedom to Choose Academic Excellence for Every Child
PANEL ONE: Leading the Charge for Change - 10:00AM 
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA)
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
State Senator Larry Grooms (R-SC)
Moderator: Dr. Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, AEI
PANEL TWO: Stronger Communities through Exemplary Schools - 11:00AM 
Sister John Mary Fleming, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education
Dr. Steve Perry, Founder and CEO, Capitol Preparatory Schools
Nina Rees, President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Moderator: Robert Enlow, President and CEO, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Dr. Rod Paige, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
PANEL THREE: The Magic Numbers, What Works - 1:30PM 
Kevin P. Chavous, Executive Counsel, American Federation for Children
Emily A. Kim, Chief Policy & Legal Officer, Success Academy Charter Schools
Ann Duplessis, former State Senator (D-LA)
Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN)
Moderator: Dr. Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, AEI
PANEL FOUR: Marketing Excellence - 2:30PM 
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman, Senate Health,Education,Labor&Pensions Committee
Ellen Weaver, President and CEO, Palmetto Policy Forum
Dr. Ximena Hartsock, Co-founder and President, Phone2Action
Doug Tuthill, President, Step Up for Students
Moderator: Kara Kerwin, President, Center for Education Reform

“Choosing Excellence” is sponsored in partnership with the American Federation for Children and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

RSVP: Those interested in attending should email ChoiceForum@Scott.Senate.Gov, or call Senator Scott’s office at (202) 224-6121. Media should RSVP to, or call (202) 224-2718.