State capitol buildings were once lonely places for champions of policy to improve education. While lobbyists for established interests brought cash and clout to their state capitals, the earliest education reform advocates relied on data, hustle, and grit to spread the message that much work was needed to deliver on the promise of public education to serve all children.
The past decade has seen a rising chorus of voices in state capitols calling for improvements for schools across the country.
The PIE Network has seen an almost ten-fold increase in the number of advocates working to improve education policy in their states.
Working together under the banner of “education reform,” this growing movement remains united by beliefs in the power of education to transform lives, spread prosperity, and strengthen democracy.
Public education is too important to be sacrificed to ideological gamesmanship and that’s why sustaining a cross-ideological balance has been a core value of the Network since the beginning. Never has this been more true as a cadre of new members enter the mix.
This year, the Network welcomes 22 total new members, adding two new states to the Network. With these new members, the Network now includes a combination of 87 state advocacy organizations and charter school associations and 22 national policy partners—in total representing 35 states and the District of Columbia.
We are joined by eight new state advocacy organizations, two from single state advocacy organizations, one in Idaho and one in Washington, and six state affiliates of national organizations.
- Black Education Strategy Roundtable (Washington)
- Bluum (Idaho)
- Teach Plus California
- Teach Plus Colorado
- Teach Plus Illinois
- Teach Plus Indiana
We also welcome seven state charter associations who are leading on charter quality and whose work focuses broadly on similar policy issues as other Network members, including accountability and educator quality.
- Arizona Charter Schools Association
- Colorado League of Charter Schools
- FOCUS (Washington, D.C)
- Illinois Network of Charter Schools
- New York City Charter Schools Center
- The Tennessee Charter School Center
- Washington State Charter Association
National policy organizations play key roles in the Network, investing in resources that help state advocates make the case for change. As the Network has expanded over the years, so too has the list of organizations that advocates reference as their go-to national partners. The Network therefore welcomes seven policy partners.
- American Federation for Children
- Collaborative for Student Success
- National Association of Charter School Authorizers
- Teach Plus
Throughout the month of June, we look forward to sharing more in-depth introductions of each new Network member. Stay tuned to both our website and Twitter feed for additional details.