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School choice has generated quite a bit of headlines and debate lately.  The election of the Donald Trump, no less, has amplified that discussion. His pledge to make school choice a centerpiece of his education agenda – a proposal that is attracting much attention and scrutiny – along with his nomination of school choice champion Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education has added fuel to an idea that has gained tremendous traction over the past two decades.

Momentum is growing – and not just because of the recent election results or the DeVos nomination, either.  This week is National School Choice Week (January 22 – 28), a time when parents, teachers, and students are raising awareness highlighting the difference school choice made in their lives.  Organizers estimate more than 20,000 total events taking place across the U.S., including rallies in Washington, D,C, and many state capitols – the largest ever series of education-related events in the U.S. – and over 500 official proclamations from governors, mayors, and county officials.

Nate Davis is an opinion contributor to The Hill.  You can read the full piece here.

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Nate Davis

Nate Davis, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at K12, is a seasoned corporate transformational leader across industries with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and building beneficial relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities. Mr. Davis, joined the K12 Board of Directors in 2009, was named Chairman of the Board in June 2012, and added the role of Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. He joined the company from the position of Managing Director of RANND Advisory Group, a consulting group advising venture capital, media, and technology-based firms. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of XM Satellite Radio and was a member of the company's Board of Directors, where he drove growth and innovation as well as improved financial performance and led the company through its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was President and Chief Operating Officer, and board member of XO Communications Inc. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions at Nextel Communications (EVP, Network and Technical Services), MCI Telecommunications (Chief Financial Officer and various other management positions) and MCI Metro (Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer). Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Unisys Corporation and the Board of Trustees for RLJ Lodging Trust. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Boys and Girls Club and the Progressive Life Center, an agency that places foster children in homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC. He also served on the Northern Virginia Roundtable and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. With a personal passion for serving children and helping them achieve higher levels of success, Mr. Davis founded the JANDT Foundation to aid minority children in attending private and parochial schools in the Washington, DC area. Mr. Davis received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering Computer Science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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