The Yass Award for Education Freedom
Celebrating States that Expand Education Opportunity
Everyone knows that without great education, our nation suffers. Great education is a vital link for students to become successful citizens. “We know a good education is the key to a happy life,” says Janine Yass. That’s why this June, 2023, after new states boldly adopted new student-centered education policies, the Yass Prize launched a new initiative – The Yass Award for Education Freedom, and with it $5 million to be spread over the inaugural three states selected for their tenacity and universality in moving all families toward education freedom.
Subsequently Governors of Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma were invited to nominate up to ten outstanding education providers who have the capacity to ramp up quickly to serve more students. Their video messages say it best – students should be able to be educated in a way that best meets their needs, and programs like the ESAs and Tax Credit programs being enacted can ensure great education is sustainable for all students, and not just those with the means to leave their zoned public schools.
We salute Governors Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, and Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma for their tenacity in achieving bold changes in law, and congratulate the following 21 organizations which have been awarded a substantial amount of philanthropic seed funding to serve more students in the coming year. Together, among these schools alone, more than 5,000 more students will have the education they deserve, a number sure to exponentially grow in the coming years.
“We will improve our school system is by letting every family choose whichever school works best for them whether it be public private charter or homeschool… [The Yass awardees] support students and families in some of Arkansas‘s most disadvantaged areas, and now you’re being recognized for your amazing contributions to Arkansas’s school system.”
— Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Congratulatory remarks from the Honorable Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Governor of Arkansas!
“I want to thank the Yass Prize for its generosity to the schools, their students in our entire state as we begin a new era of educational freedom for every Iowa family… It opens doors and breaks down barriers.”
— Governor Kim Reynolds
“I am excited to congratulate the recipients of the 2023 Yass Award for Education Freedom… [This award is about celebrating and rewarding those who make students their priority… A strong education system with leaders like you lift up our communities, and The Yass Prize helps recognize your outstanding achievements.”
— Governor Kevin State