In 2016, a dozen advocacy organizations joined PIE Network, growing the group of champions to include 77 organizations across 34 states and Washington, D.C. While each of them brings unique approaches to the work and fresh strategies to share, we’ll dive deeper with Student Success California, and Educators for Excellence-New York.
Student Success California
An affiliate of 50CAN, Student Success California (formerly StudentsFirst California) works to increase choice and competition, accountability, and transparency in the state’s education system.
To increase competition and drive improvement, it works to create more high-quality schools, including plans for 2017 to improve charter authorizing so that only those with the will and capacity to do it well will be allowed to authorize schools.
Student Success California advocates for a performance-based system for teachers that rewards results instead of length of service. In the case of economically-driven layoffs, that means the best teachers stay in the classroom. In addition, it makes the case for a 4-tier evaluation system that would be paired with meaningful professional development focused on the 2 lowest performance tiers.
Beyond policy outcomes, Student Success California is also pursuing litigation to support teachers’ rights to opt out of their unions’ political activities without losing job-related benefits. Learn more about this case here.
Educators for Excellence-New York
Educators for Excellence-New York was the founding chapter of the broader national Educators for Excellence. While the national Educators for Excellence has been a partner of PIE Network, the local chapters of E4E formally became members in 2016.
In 2010, Evan Stone and Sydney Morris were in their fourth year of teaching in the Bronx, and started organizing with teachers across the city to advocate for policy changes to create a better education for young people while elevating the prestige of the teaching profession. A late-night organizing session over pizza, a group of teachers developed a “Declaration of Principles and Beliefs“, which launched Educators for Excellence and surfaced a population of teachers seeking to reform education.
As current Executive Director Maryanne Kiley explains, “Our contribution to the education conversation is our ability to show lawmakers that there are teachers who support an end to the punitive discipline practices that disproportionately impact students of color, and believe you can balance sensible evaluations, reforms to tenure and due process, and wraparound services that support the whole child.”
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