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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, Executive Chairman of K12, is a seasoned leader of transformational telecommunications, media and software development companies, with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening 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, assumed the role of Executive Chairman in January 2013 and was named Chairman and CEO in January 2014. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing all operational and corporate functions of the company with a focus on excellence in academic, operational and financial performance. Mr. Davis 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 strengthened operations and 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 (President and Chief Operating Officer). Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Unisys and the Board of Trustees for RLJ Lodging Trust. 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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