“Lisa Graham Keegan has been a champion of education reform for more than 25 years, working tirelessly to put the needs of parents and children first,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “From leading Arizona’s passage of one of the very first public charter school laws in the nation to her efforts today in advocating for school choice, Lisa has helped to both drive the public charter school movement forward while serving as an inspiration to countless education reformers.”
“The most powerful part of my work is watching educators take on their proper role as the creative force and sustaining energy behind our best schools,” said Keegan. “I had the honor of merely helping to open a door – our charter school leaders have walked through that door to redefine what is possible for a child, for a school and for our country. I could not be more proud of them.”
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools each year honors a special group of individuals and organizations as new inductees to the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. This honor recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions in the following areas: pioneering efforts in the development and growth of charter schools; commitment and contributions to charter schools and education; innovative ideas and successful implementation of those ideas; and inspiration to others in the charter school movement. As a 2013 inductee, Keegan, along with the Walton Family Foundation and Linda Moore, founder of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, will join a select group of 20 other members who have been honored since the Charter Schools Hall of Fame was established.
The new inductees will be officially honored at today’s General Session of the 2013 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, D.C. Each year this conference brings together thousands of charter leaders, teachers, advocates, policy makers and education reformers to share innovative ideas and be inspired by some of the brightest minds in education, public policy, business and philanthropy. A complete overview of the entire week’s activities can be found at:www.publiccharters.org/Conference.