Elections Update: News from Across the Network
May 18, 2018

As summertime approaches, many state-level advocates are educating candidates and the public on education policy issues.

Searching for ideas to engage in advocacy in your state? Check out the following recent examples of member efforts.

Colorado Succeeds, along with the Common Sense Policy Roundtable and other partners, recently released A Business Guide for Colorado’s Next Governor. This resource includes a gubernatorial candidate survey on key education issues, improvement strategies supported by voters and employers, and analysis of how greater educational attainment could affect the state’s economy.

A+ Colorado has also been seeking to educate all candidates on policy issues through the Letters to the Next Governor series. In the months leading up to the election, this series of blog posts from A+ Colorado and other thought leaders will cover topics including school funding, school leaders, innovation, and more. According to A+ Colorado, most policymakers recognize the value of quality public education, however:

“Few leaders are able to focus on improving public education because it is both a long game fraught with political risks and a short-game filled with few, if any, quick returns.”

Now that Arizona’s legislative session has wrapped, advocates at Stand for Children Arizona are looking ahead to two education measures that could be included on the November ballot. In this blog post, executive director Rebecca Gau shares more details.

Ahead of early May school board elections, DelawareCAN launched the “Who Runs Our Schools?” campaign, a nonpartisan effort to help inform voters. In a recent op-ed, executive director Atnre Alleyne reflected on the effort to keep the public engaged with education year-round.

Interested in connecting with other advocates? Reach out.

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Christina Dobratz

Christina is PIE Network's Manager, Communications & Policy  

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