How Members are Prioritizing Charters and Choice
February 21, 2017

2017 Outlook

Advocacy around charter schools and school choice has consistently been at the top of agendas for many PIE Network members; 2017 will likely be no different. With a Republican presidential administration contemplating how to encourage robust school choice policies, and more states leaning to Republican legislatures, choice policies such as education savings accounts (ESAs), scholarships, and vouchers may experience a boon throughout the Network.

Key takeaways

  • Charters and choice continue to be two areas of focus for Network members. 59 percent of survey respondents said they were planning to engage in one or both areas.
  • Energy spent on school choice policies parallels that of charter policies. 14 members indicated they were working on school choice policies, compared to 16 who said they were working on charter-related policies.
  • Although there are a myriad of issues to contend with in the charter sector, work around funding and facilities are the most common among Network members.


30 members in 22 states including D.C. are planning to engage on these issues, either as a high priority or on the to-do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list.

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said charters and choice was a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Tanzi for an e-intro.

16 members said charters are a high priority

  • Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (charter expansion)
  • ConnCAN (funding)
  • Democrats for Education Reform District of Columbia (funding, facilities, governance)
  • Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana (funding)
  • Educate Nebraska (new law)
  • EdVoice (defense)
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future (funding, CMOs)
  • GeorgiaCAN (funding, facilities)
  • Institute for Quality Education (funding)
  • Mississippi First (defense, CMOs)
  • NorthCarolinaCAN (funding)
  • NYCAN (charter cap)
  • Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence (new law)
  • Student Success California (authorizers, facilities, governance)
  • TennesseeCAN (facilities, governance
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio (funding)

14 members said school choice is a high priority

  • Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (open enrollment)
  • Colorado Succeeds
  • D.C. School Reform Now (defense)
  • Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana
  • Ed Allies (defense)
  • Educate Nebraska (vouchers, tax-credit)
  • EdVoice (open enrollment)
  • GeorgiaCAN (increased access)
  • Institute for Quality Education (tax credit, vouchers)
  • NYCAN (tax credits, ESA)
  • One Chance Illinois (increased access)
  • Parent Revolution (common deadline, application, and enrollment)
  • TennesseeCAN (increased access)
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio (vouchers)

Looking for expertise or thought partners on charter and choice issues?

Below are members with experience who offered themselves as thought partners on this issue.




Democrats for Education Reform D.C. Catherine Bellinger District and charter collaboration and accountability, charter school facilities, and charter school messaging
Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Ohio Chad Aldis Improving charter school laws, voucher policy
Parent Revolution Seth Litt How parents are choosing schools and the barriers that low-income families may face
NorthCarolinaCAN Alec Macaulay Opportunity Scholarships, vouchers
Institute for Quality Education Betsey Wiley Vouchers and tax credits


Members most frequently mentioned the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, American Federation for Children, National Association for Charter School Authorizers, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and EdChoice as go-to connections for advice and resources on charters and choice.

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