Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off their first back-to-school tour called #ReThinkSchool! The purpose of this tour is to highlight the innovative and groundbreaking work happening in schools across America. The “Rethink School” tour will showcase creative ways in which education leaders are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education.

The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, will be speaking at each school about how the family is the nucleus of civic life, but too many in Washington have forgotten that, the bigger the education “system” the smaller the student!


The third stop on day four of the tour was to Hope Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hope Academy is a tuition-free, Indiana public charter high school for students in recovery from substance addiction. It is the only recovery high school in Indiana, and it provides a community for students to maintain their sobriety and receive a Core 40 diploma. Hope Academy is one of only three recovery high schools in the United States accredited by the Association of Recovery High Schools.

It’s time to re-think what education means to each individual student and to re-think what it means to engage students in a life-long learning journey and prepare for successful careers and lives. Rethinking education ultimately means returning power to parents and families.

It’s time to #ReThinkSchool!