Introducing the Network’s Newest Partners
June 1, 2018

National policy organizations play key roles in the Network, investing in resources that help state advocates make the case for change. And as the work of education reform has expanded, so has the Network’s roster of national partners.

We’re excited to welcome seven new policy partners, all named as go-to experts by leaders across the Network.

American Federation for Children

Greg Brock, CEO

The American Federation for Children and AFC Growth Fund seek to empower families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children.

Electoral work is a top priority for AFC in 2018 because upcoming elections will determine future growth for both private school choice programs and charter schools. AFC estimates that there are approximately 259 open seat legislative races in states where they do electoral work, and nearly a dozen states with key gubernatorial elections.

Legislative advocacy is another major focus for AFC. They seek to pass legislation that will enact or strengthen private choice programs and charter school programs. They also strive to remove both legislative and regulatory barriers from existing school choice programs that are inhibiting growth of those programs.

Collaborative for Student Success

Jim Cowen, Executive Director

The Collaborative for Student Success is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to defend high standards, high-quality assessments, and strong systems of accountability to ensure that all kids are prepared for college or career. Through capacity-building efforts with in-state organizations, collaboration with national partners, and pushing back on misinformation, they work to advance policies that promote best practices and ensure equitable outcomes for all kids.

Three main questions drive their work:

Meaningful Accountability: With ESSA plans now submitted and approved, how do we ensure that states are doing what they said they would do to improve student outcomes?

Defending College and Career Ready Standards and Aligned Assessments: States are administering assessments—but how do we know if they are good indicators of student learning? Are they aligned to their state’s academic standards?

Financial Transparency: How can states, districts, and schools communicate “per-pupil expenditure” information effectively—as a tool to spur more efficient and equitable spending?

EdChoice

Robert Enlow, President & CEO

EdChoice, the oldest school choice organization in America, is dedicated to three pillars of work that advance educational freedom and choice across our nation: research and thought leadership; training and outreach; and focused state investment.

Each year, they publish dozens of studies, surveys, legislatives analyses and blog posts to help the public, media and key stakeholders understand how school choice is affecting families across the country. EdChoice focuses its unique training and outreach programming in states that are most likely to advance educational choice programs.

In 2018, EdChoice has published nearly a dozen pieces of research and analysis focusing on three key areas: parental behavior and satisfaction in states with options; research on the fiscal effects of choice programs; and the impact of regulation and accountability on school quality. They also will host 17 separate training events for policymakers and influencers at the state level, in addition to sponsoring approximately 80 speaking events and making focused investments to build strong, local coalitions in 10 key states.

FutureEd

Thomas Toch, Director

FutureEd is an independent think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. As a nonpartisan, public-facing organization, FutureEd works to produce clear, compelling analysis on key education issues for policymakers, practitioners, the media, and other key education change agents and influencers at the federal, state, and local levels—promoting smart policymaking in a complex and fast-changing educational landscape.

The organization publishes work on a range of topics, and has large projects underway in three areas.

School choice: A forthcoming report will analyze common-enrollment systems that have emerged in half a dozen urban school systems. FutureEd is also planning a study of outstanding charter high schools.

Teachers and teaching:  FutureEd is profiling work in D.C. and Tennessee to transform teaching into a performance-based profession.

School climate/culture: FutureEd has released two reports on chronic student absenteeism and will continue to focus on guidance for states and districts as they implement non-academic indicators of school performance under ESSA.

National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Greg Richmond, President & CEO

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) works to increase and improve quality educational opportunities for children by strengthening charter school authorizing.

NACSA believes that for charter schools to play a vital role in providing better schools, quality authorizing is essential because authorizers are responsible for the overall performance of their portfolios of schools. Quality authorizers ensure access, autonomy, and accountability.

Most recently, NACSA is focused on widely strengthening authorizing practices, establishing quality state systems and influencing policy, and further establishing an evidence base for quality authorizing.

TNTP

Daniel Weisberg, CEO

TNTP’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

Through work with district, state, and CMO partners; and through communications and policy work, they strive to:

  • Expand access to teacher talent by producing diverse, effective educator pipelines—at scale.
  • Give more students access to challenging content—and the instruction that helps them master it.
  • Help build students’ day-to-day school experiences at the center of the education conversation through a major research project, to be released in September 2018.

Teach Plus

Roberto J. Rodríguez, President & CEO

Teach Plus empowers excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success.

In order to improve outcomes for all students—and advance instructional equity in particular for low-income students and students of color—Teach Plus believes that our nation’s best teachers must inform the policies and conditions that shape and impact their learners’ success, and lead a transformation of the teaching practice.

Fundamental to Teach Plus is the idea that teachers must be part of the policymaking process. In the past, Teach Plus Fellows have been advocates and taken the lead in fighting and achieving equitable funding formulas, improved teacher evaluation systems, and better teacher induction programs and professional development. Teach Plus teachers are also working to build the diversity of the teaching profession and engage teachers in personalized learning.

You can see a complete list of the Network’s newest members here and read in-depth introductions here.

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Ashley Schmidt

Ashley is PIE Network's Senior Director of Member Engagement & Communications


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