CEAM’s Champions of Education Reform Gala is returning in force this November featuring President of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels and a celebration of Missouri’s new virtual education and course access law.
The 2018 Gala will be held on November 15 at The St. Louis Science Center and will honor former Gov. Mitch Daniels, Missouri innovators and lawmakers who have helped push the state into the 21st century with virtual education expansion, and all of our partners in the fight for education reform.
We know that the fight for better education options can be a long one and we want to take this time to thank and honor all of those who have joined us in our journey to reimagine what education in Missouri could be.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels will share lessons from his longtime commitment and passion to successful education reform in Indiana — efforts which have successfully opened the doors of school choice to thousands of students from all walks of life. Daniels will also talk about his current efforts as President of Purdue University to open the doors of higher education to more students and the university’s innovative new charter school – Purdue Polytechnic High School.
CEAM will also recognize the innovative efforts of the Grandview R-2 School District and Dr. Michael Brown who blazed the way for successful virtual education in Missouri through their Missouri Summer Online Institute which has provided free virtual courses to students across the state for the past six years and University of Missouri’s Mizzou K-12 program which provides Missouri based virtual courses to students across the globe and is the current major provider for Missouri school districts through the new MOCAP program.
Missouri’s new virtual education and course access law is the most meaningful education reform law passed in Missouri for years and opens the door for every Missouri student to access a wide variety of virtual courses, including choosing to enroll in a full-time virtual school, at no cost to their families.
As a result of the new law, students in small or rural districts, many of which do not have the capacity to offer higher level courses like calculus or Advanced Placement courses, will finally have access to the courses they need to be competitive, all Missouri students will finally have access to courses that will best meet their individual needs, based on their interests and/or career choices, and any student in the state currently enrolled in a public school can now choose to enroll in a full-time virtual curriculum from the comfort and safety of their home.
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