We discuss the need for expanding school choice options and empowering parents to take control of their children’s education. Parents across the country are seeking a choice in how and where their children learn. States like Florida have created numerous school choice programs that allow education funding to follow students. Erika Donalds joins She Thinks to discuss why parents deserve more leverage when it comes to their children’s education, and the network of classical charter schools she has created in Florida.


Erika Donalds is a mother of three boys and a finance executive with a passion for education. She is a former elected member of the Collier County School Board. During her tenure, she co-founded the Florida Coalition of School Board Members and served as the group’s president. She has served on Governor DeSantis’ Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development, the state’s Education Practices Commission, and the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Erika is President and CEO of The Optima Foundation, a non-profit established to support and expand superior schools of choice, and also leads the School Choice Movement, an advocacy arm that works to engage and empower communities in the battle for education freedom.


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