Since 2011, 50CAN has secured more than 100 policy wins for kids across the country. Our growing network of passionate state and city advocates are prepared to make this year another one for the books. In 2019, we will advocate for 39 policy goals.

From the islands of Hawaii to the bustling streets of Miami, our teams are advocating to expand options, innovation, equity and excellence for all the children in their communities.  Below, you’ll find our complete list of goals! I look forward to sharing updates throughout the year as our campaigns move the needle for kids across the country.


  • Grow funding and eligibility for choice programs
  • Empower parents whose children are impacted by Innovative School District (ISD) programs to become advocates for critical school changes
  • Revise policy and regulations concerning the state’s accountability system


  • Increase educator diversity
  • Equitably fund all schools
  • Connect classrooms to career


  • Remove regulatory burdens on families applying for school choice
  • Increasing undocumented student access to higher education
  • Improve school transportation funding flexibility to serve families and avoid waste


  • Support children with special needs by providing additional support and flexibility within special needs scholarships
  • Enact policies to increase the number of high quality charter school seats
  • Protect and improve the teacher retirement system
  • Increase access to computer science curriculum.
  • Support kids with dyslexia through screening, support and teacher preparation.
  • Move Georgia to a student-centric funding formula


  • Ease regulations preventing public school students from accessing beneficial internships and work-based learning experiences
  • Spur the state of Hawaii to use its existing school leader alternative certification program to fill staffing gaps in its schools
  • Provide financial incentives to schools when students obtain industry certifications in high-growth industries
  • Expand access and transparency for public school choice options


  • Create public funding source(s) for charter school facilities
  • Expand access to excellent teachers for New Jersey schools
  • Create a public working group focused on workforce and K-12 educational alignment
  • Protect school and district accountability, including access to school, teacher and student performance
  • Protect charter school funding


  • Ensure expanded funding benefits kids who need it most
  • Ensure New Mexico families continue to have quality school options
  • Sustain systems that provide families and educators with critical information

P.S. 305

  • Expand and improve social and emotional learning supports in Miami-Dade schools

Partnership for Educational Justice

  • Reform New York’s teacher tenure laws that prevent public school students from having access to great teachers
  • Preserving the DACA program’s educational benefits for students
  • Reform Minnesota’s teacher tenure laws that that prevent public school students from having access to great teachers


  • Support student-centered policies that ensure resources are used where they matter most
  • Protect successful reforms that ensure high academic standards, an aligned assessment and a robust accountability framework
  • Expand school choice access and educational equity
  • Continue the state’s investment in the Charter School Facilities Grant Program

Transform Education Now (Denver area)

  • Organize parents and develop community leadership to demand access to high quality schools in all neighborhoods
  • Continue to strengthen community expectations of their schools and build community ownership over improvement
  • Support policies that ensure greater student equity in opportunity and achievement

Virginia Excels

  • Ensure the school funding formula distributes resources fairly based on student need

Marc Porter Magee Ph.D is the CEO and founder of 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


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