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Alliance for School Choice
The Alliance for School Choice is an organization that promotes initiatives and reform efforts intended to give parents more influence over public education policies, especially those related to school selection and assignment. A nonprofit organization, the Alliance began in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2004. The Alliance arose from the merger of two other grassroots educational organizations—the American Education Reform Council (a pro-voucher organization with a lobbying segment known as the American Education Reform Foundation; the entire organization was headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Children First America (another school choice and pro-voucher organization that attempted to get voucher legislation passed in Colorado and Michigan). Under the merged structure, the Alliance followed the example of the American Education Reform Council by operating two conjoined organizations that focus on the same issues from different perspectives. Serving as the primary organization, the Alliance for School Choice promotes public awareness of school choice and school vouchers ...