ARLINGTON, VA. — yes. every kid. foundation. (Yes Foundation) today announced the launch of its legal policy center and the addition of Michael Donnelly as the organization’s vice president.
The Yes Foundation legal policy center will provide policy analysis and other resources to help education entrepreneurs who are trailblazing new territory navigate through the legal barriers that prevent them from creating greater educational opportunities.
“Educational entrepreneurs shouldn’t have to jump through regulatory hoops to pioneer new ways of learning,” said Yes Foundation Executive Director Andrew Clark. “Our legal policy center will be a one-stop shop for education entrepreneurs to get help with policy and regulatory problems.”
Educational entrepreneurs looking for legal policy resources can visit yeseverykidfoundation.org to contact the organization.
At Yes Foundation, Donnelly will guide national legal policy strategy and education transformation initiatives to advance family-first learner-centered educational freedom.
“As a parent of seven children, I know firsthand how unique children’s individual learning styles can be,” said Donnelly. “Whether a family chooses to home-school, send their child to a learning pod, or launch a microschool, they should be able to do so without government interference. I look forward to securing freedom for entrepreneurs to innovate and implement bottom-up approaches in education.”
Donnelly joins Yes Foundation after serving as senior counsel and director of global outreach for the Home School Legal Defense Association where he coordinated support of homeschooling freedom around the world and founded the Global Home Education Exchange, a network dedicated to education freedom for all. Donnelly has extensive legislative advocacy experience improving homeschool laws in numerous states and countries and has testified before many legislative committees at state, national and international levels.
“Our organization could not be more excited to welcome Mike to the team,” said Clark. “His robust background defending freedom in education will benefit so many children as yes. every kid. foundation. helps education entrepreneurs navigate legal barriers from greater educational opportunities.”
Donnelly is an adjunct professor of Law and holds a juris doctorate with honors from the Boston University School of Law and an LLM from the London School of Economics. Previously, he ran a successful FirstService franchise, founded a nationally ranked internet marketing firm, and worked in private legal practice. He is a member of six federal and state bars and appears regularly in national media and has authored hundreds of news stories, book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles discussing international human rights, parental rights in education, religious freedom, and home education. He and his wife are homeschooling parents of seven children and one grandchild.