How Members Are Prioritizing Governance in 2018
February 1, 2018

Use the bullets below to jump to a specific section, or the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

Though not many PIE Network members are actively planning to engage on governance issues during 2018, governance remains an issue that most advocates are watching closely. For those with plans to get involved on the issue, most are looking to ensure that state level governance structures are favorable to their overarching goals, or that local level structures are responsive, transparent, and accountable to parents and students.

Key Takeaways

  • Overall, changing governance structures is a lower priority for the Network. Only 36 percent of survey respondents are planning to engage the issue.
  • In this category, members are working to ensure school board elections and appointments align with member principles and seeking to change school structures in favor of autonomy and innovation.

State Snapshots

Twenty PIE Network members in 16 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said they were planning to work on similar governance issues. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Ryan for an introduction.


Nine members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AL A+ Education Partnership: Increase Professionalism of the State Board of Education
  • AR Arkansas Learns: Gubernatorial Appointments to State Board of Education Aligned with Our Core Principles; Empowerment of Local Business Communities to Identify, Recruit, and Elect School Board Candidates Aligned with Core Principles of Student-Focus, Accountability, Transparency, Rewards, and Choice
  • CA GO Public Schools: Elect School Board Members in All Three GO Regions
  • CO DFER Colorado: State Board of Education Authority to Intervene Early and After End of Accountability Clock
  • CT ConnCAN: Local School Boards
  • ID Idaho Business For Education: New Governance Structure for the State Board of Education
  • IN Institute for Quality Education: Prevent Dilution of Power of the State Board of Education
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Identify, Train, Elect, and Manage Quality Leaders for Office
  • TX Texas Aspires: Monitor School Board Races


Ten members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • CO A+ Colorado: District Management and Strategic Planning
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Address Pension Governance Issues
  • DC DFER District of Columbia: Increase Opportunities for Autonomous Schools
  • IN Institute for Quality Education: Superintendent of Public Instruction Appointed in 2021 Rather than 2025
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Advancing New Opportunity to Lead Proposals for Greater School Autonomy and Innovation
  • NC BEST NC: Engage in Creating Clarity and Alignment in Education Governance
  • OR Chalkboard Project: Respond to Restructuring Options
  • SC SouthCarolinaCAN: More (New) Quality Options for School Governance Structure
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Defense
  • WA DFER Washington: Provisions in the Law Regarding Low Performing Schools are Maintained and Improved Upon


Two members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • CA EdVoice: Role of Authorizing of Charters and Attacks on Charters and CMOs
  • TX Texas Aspires: Promote District-Charter Partnerships

Expertise on this Issue

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

  • Chalkboard Project: School Board strengthening and equity work
  • DFER Colorado, Jen Walmer, State Director: Ability to Utilize Electoral Strategies to Influence Policy Work
  • DFER Louisiana, Leslie Leavoy, Deputy State Director: Addressing ‘Politics’ of Public Education (Coalition Building, School Board Elections, Developing relationships with elected leaders)
  • DFER Washington, Shoreline Wilson, State Director: Building Bench of Candidates who have Progressive Reform Ideals, Leveraging Ground Connections within Communities of Color to Improve Representation in Elected Posts
  • GO Public Schools, Jack Holzman, Director of Data: Local School Board Elections
  • Stand for Children Louisiana, Mallory Wall-Padgett, Government Affairs Director: Identifying, Training, and Managing Quality Elected Leaders
  • Tennessee SCORE, Mary Cypress, Chief of Staff: Developing/Executing  Gubernatorial Engagement Plan during Election Year


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