Heartland Events

Educational Choice Luncheon with David Brennan

The Metropolitan Club
Sears Tower 233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606
September 21, 2006, 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM

The Illinois School Choice Initiative, a project of The Heartland Institute, cordially invites you to its 2006 Educational Choice Speaker Series: a monthly luncheon series featuring national school choice experts.

On September 21, 2006, the luncheon speaker will be David Brennan, chairman of White Hat Management.

An Akron industrialist, Brennan founded White Hat Management in 1998. The third largest K-12 charter school operator in the United States and the largest in Ohio, it actively assists in the daily engagement of nearly 23,000 students in 50 schools across Ohio and in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Michigan, including statewide distance-learning charter schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Brennan believes "vouchers are the answer for the problem. Charters are a way station on the way to getting full choice through vouchers."

In the mid-1990s Brennan helped initiate the Cleveland voucher program, becoming a pioneer in developing alternatives for students and parents who perceived a need for new educational options. He was one of the early movers in a march toward charter schools that led to countless innovations and opened America's mind to the idea that there is more than one way to teach our children. Brennan opened America's first diploma schools for high-school dropouts--now known as Life Skills Centers.