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About PCE

Board, Trustees, Staff

CAPTION: PCE staff and board members at a recent political convention.

Parents for Choice in Education was founded by two Utah public school parents and continues to be run by Utah parents, educators, and concerned citizens.

PCE in Action

CAPTION: PCE training a group of parents how to lobby their legislators at the Capitol during the Legislative Session. 

In 8 short years, PCE has increased choice, accountability, parental empowerment, innovation and the overall improvement of K-12 education.

Supported Innovations

Below is a list of K-12 innovations supported by PCE.

Increasing Choice

  • Charter Schools
  • Open Enrollment
  • Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship
  • Virtual Schools
  • Home Schools
  • Empowerment Schools (site-based management)
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Dual Enrollment


  • Financial Transparency/Open-checkbook
  • Simplified Funding Mechanisms
  • Backpack/Weighted-Student Funding
  • Sunshine Laws

Efficiency in Funding

  • Backpack/Weighted-Student Funding
  • Simplified Funding Mechanisms
  • Empowerment Schools
  • Concurrent Enrollment and Early College Credit
  • Accountability for percentage of funding going directly into the classroom

Empowering Parents

  • School Community Councils
  • Empowerment Schools (site-based management)
  • Charter Schools
  • School Parent Organization Options
  • Ability to Form Smaller Districts

Quality Instruction

  • Performance/Merit Pay
  • Differential Pay
  • Alternative Teacher Certification
  • Alternative Routes to Licensure
  • Equal Access by Professional Teacher Associations
  • Math Initiative

To learn more about these innovations, please visit UtahEducationFacts.com

Our Organization

Parents for Choice in Education is a local grassroots organization and the leading voice for education innovation in Utah. PCE was founded in 2000 by two public school parents and over the years has grown to hundreds of thousands of Utah parents, taxpayers, and concerned citizens.

Contact Us

Contact Info

352 S. Denver St.
Suite 307
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Mailing Address:
PO Box 897
Salt Lake City, UT 84110

Office: 801-355-4723

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Judi Clark
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Policy Principles

Parents for Choice in Education supports a broad range of innovations that fall under 5 categories:

  1. Increasing Choice
  2. Empowering Parents
  3. Transparency
  4. Efficiency in Funding
  5. Quality Instructions

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