Our individualism is something to be celebrated, especially in our children. But when it comes to education, our children are often stuck in a one-size-fits-all system rather than one that focuses on what every individual child needs. The same educational setting and system that is effective for one child may not be effective for another.

The LIBRE Initiative believes that students and families should have access to a quality education that fits their needs and helps them succeed. To honor the qualities and characteristics that make our children who they are, our education policies should expand the ability of families to choose the right school for their students, whether it’s public, private, charter, homeschooling or a whole handful of other options. When families have the freedom to choose the best education for their children, everyone wins.

Ideally, K-12 education inspires curiosity, creativity, and the motivation to contribute. K-12 education can help students unlock their potential through a three-dimensional model of discovery and growth.

First, enable students to develop insight about themselves by identifying their talents and passions.

Second, help students gain the knowledge and values necessary to turn their talents into valued skills.

Third, provide opportunities for students to use those skills in constructive ways so students get the feedback and satisfaction that motivates lifelong learning and success through mutual benefit.

Unleashing Potential

Education should be an experience that fosters the unique potential of every student. Unfortunately, today’s system instead focuses more on the routine process of schooling—telling students to sit quietly and memorize information. The result is students who lack the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. It also fails our nation’s teachers, many of whom spend an average of 45 school days each year prepping for and administering standardized tests rather than engaging students in rich curriculum based on their needs

An “All-of-the-Above” Approach to Increasing Opportunities in Education

Much of today’s education debate misses the point: It shouldn’t be about where students go to school. It should be about how to best meet each student’s own unique needs. It’s why we’ve united with teachers to promote various educational options that provide three-dimensional learning opportunities to students across the country—whether it be public or private, charter or home school, four-year college degrees or vocational training, or anything else.

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Passage of Education Bill SB 47 Is Important Win For Students With Special Needs

We urge the Gov to sign this into law without delay! (ATLANTA, GA) –  On Monday, SB 47, a revision to the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Act, passed through both chambers of the Georgia Legislature. This legislation expands eligibility requirements, so more students with special needs can access the resources they need to succeed. David … Read More
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NM Legislature Fails to Consider Education Freedom Accounts For Families

Students continue with limited options for Education Opportunities (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) –  This past weekend, the New Mexico State Legislature was dismissed without considering House Bill (HB) 292 and House Joint Resolution (HJR) 11, two pieces of legislation that would allow for the funding of Education Freedom Accounts (EFAs) for every New Mexican Student, so all students could … Read More
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LIBRE TEXAS Supports Increased Educational Opportunity

(Austin, TX)—Today, The LIBRE Initiative – TX, a group committed to empowering the Hispanic community announced its support for Senate Bill 28 and House Bill 3279, two bills recently introduced in the Legislature. These measures, would among other things, expand educational freedom in the state by removing unnecessary barriers limiting the operation of charters schools. The bills … Read More
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New Mexico legislature can help families’ educational innovation

Edwin Aybar, grassroots engagement director for The LIBRE Initiative-New Mexico, writes in an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal that closure of schools during the pandemic has forced families to search for solutions that reach beyond the educational status quo. And they’ve found them. Now, he writes, government needs to catch up to parents’ innovation and … Read More

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