The Free to Learn Coalition is a nonpartisan organization established to support parents, caregivers, and community organizations in their advocacy for quality K-12 education.

We support the basic principle that students should be Free to Learn:

  • Free to ask questions
  • Free to develop individual thoughts and opinions
  • Free to think critically of ideas and concepts
  • Free to achieve

All while being free from pressure or requirements to subscribe to a singular worldview and activist curriculum with a political agenda.

This principle is the backbone to adequately preparing students for life outside the classroom.


Free to Learn is led by Alleigh Marré, a strategic and crisis communications specialist with experience in government, private industry, and politics. She is a mother of two and resides in Virginia.

Alleigh is the founder of Hickory Strategies, a strategic and crisis communications firm. She has served in the highest levels of government including as Chief of Staff and senior civilian advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force where she received the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. She also served as the national spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Alleigh has served in a variety of other communications roles to include her work for two United States Senators, a Governor, and two national political committees.

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