2020

 

CarolinaCAN

    • Gave at least 10,000 more North Carolina children access to multiple school options.
    • Ensured federal and state stimulus funding is given equitably based on student enrollment to all types of North Carolina schools– traditional public, public charter and private.
    • Provided $335 million in direct aid to families.

ConnCAN

    • Ensured that federal and state stimulus funding is distributed equitably based on student enrollment to all types of Connecticut schools– traditional public, magnet and public charter.
    • Provided all students access to digital learning devices and internet connectivity to aid digital instruction.

DelawareCAN

    • Leveraged state or federal dollars to establish an education fund that supports innovative efforts addressing summer learning loss, parent empowerment or school-community partnerships.
    • Expanded access to digital learning devices and high-speed internet connectivity for students and teachers in rural Delaware.

GeorgiaCAN

    • Increased facilities funding for high-quality charter schools.
    • Promoted educational excellence and defended against rollback of accountability and transparency.
    • Gave all students equitable access to digital learning devices and internet connectivity to aid digital instruction.
    • Funded quality professional development for educators on distance learning best practices.
    • Provided a fall assessment of all students, and use the information to ensure that teachers and parents have insight on each student’s learning level.

HawaiiKidCAN

    • Incentivized schools to adopt a trauma-informed approach to student learning and support.
    • Ensured all students can access summer learning opportunities that will allow them to catch up on learning loss and or propel them to the next learning level.
    • Mandated the State Department of Education collects and publishes detailed information on student attendance and access to learning dating back to when schools initially closed and running until schools officially reopen.
    • Provided clear and consistent benchmarks to assess student readiness and share the information with parents and families at the start of the fall 2020 school year.
    • Ensured that all students have access to internet connectivity, particularly in rural and remote communities.

JerseyCAN

    • Strengthened the teacher talent pipeline to bring more high-quality educators to New Jersey.
    • Upheld statewide accountability by maintaining high academic standards and aligned assessments.
    • Ensured that federal and state stimulus funding is given fairly to all New Jersey public traditional and public charter schools: Funds distributed fairly.

NewMexicoKidsCAN

    • Protected access to high- quality charter schools: No moratorium or other restrictions.
    • Enacted legislation to require public reporting of school level budgets.
    • Ensured that during summer and distance learning times, students have convenient and safe access to meals.
    • Mandated the use of stimulus funds to provide distance learning devices for economically disadvantaged students through the Governor’s Fund ($22 million) and the 10% allowable set aside from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, totaling $35 million.

Partnership for Education Justice

    • Preserved the DACA program’s educational benefits for students.

TennesseeCAN

    • Protected successful reforms that ensure high standards, an aligned assessment and a robust accountability framework.
    • Ensured that federal stimulus funding is distributed equitably to all types of Tennessee schools– traditional public, public charter and private.
    • Created a state program to drive broadband infrastructure development where it is lacking and to ensure every school-age child in Tennessee has access to a digital learning device.
    • Created microgrant program for Tennessee families.

TEN

        • Build community support to protect and expand high-quality educational options across Colorado.
        • Created new community-designed accountability tools that communicate academic outcomes and school culture to stakeholders.
        • Required all direct instruction lessons be video recorded so that families and students will have access to all learning materials on their schedule.
        • Created equitable access to extended learning opportunities for families through a parent stipend program.


2019

 

CarolinaCAN

    • Grew funding and eligibility for choice programs.
    • Empowered parents whose children are impacted by Innovative School District (ISD) programs to become advocates for critical school changes.

ConnCAN

    • Gave superintendents flexibility to increase the diversity of their educators.

DelawareCAN

    • Improved school transportation funding flexibility to serve families and avoid waste.

GeorgiaCAN

      • Enacted policies to increase the number of high quality charter school seats.
      • Supported kids with dyslexia through screening, support and teacher preparation.
      • Increased access to computer science curriculum.

JerseyCAN

    • Protected charter school funding.
    • Protected school and district accountability, including access to school, teacher and student performance.

NewMexicoKidsCAN

    • Ensured New Mexico families continue to have quality school options.
    • Ensured that expanded funding benefits kids who need it most.

TennesseeCAN

    • Expanded school choice options.
    • Continued the state’s investment in the Charter School Facilities Grant Program.
    • Ensured existing reforms from the previous administration are protected.


2018

 

ConnCAN

    • Supported the equitable funding of public charter schools.
    • Streamlined teacher certification rules and open up flexible pathways to give quality candidates the opportunity to teach or lead in Connecticut schools.

DelawareCAN

    • Changed the state’s funding formula to one that provides sufficient flexibility and accounts for student poverty, English-language learners and special education.
    • Ensured Delaware’s 2019 budget restores full investment in tiered reimbursement for early childhood centers.

GeorgiaCAN

    • Supported high-quality school options by ensuring all public schools are equitably funded and eliminating the funding disparities public charter schools face.
    • Passed legislation to raise the cap of the tuition tax-credit scholarship program to benefit more children seeking an educational alternative and increase the transparency of the program.
    • Restored the AP exam subsidy for low-income students.

HawaiiKidsCAN

    • Passed a bill that enables all high schools to offer computer science professional development to teachers.

JerseyCAN

    • Created more equitable and sustainable school and facilities funding solutions that address the needs of all schools, including district and charter schools.
    • Promoted and protect high standards for NJ students and aligned assessments so we can accurately measure students’ progress and college readiness.
    • Created broader and more equitable access to STEM learning opportunities.

TennesseeCAN

      • Continued the state’s investment in the Charter School Facilities Grant Program to support charter schools’ success, or open additional avenues for funding through policy change.
      • Increased funding for special education and response to intervention and ensure access to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act high-cost reimbursement for all public schools.


2017

 

DelawareCAN

    • Ensured that the ESSA planning process includes a diverse set of stakeholders and focuses on meaningful accountability for schools and education leaders.
    • Ensured the faithful implementation of the Excellent Educators for All plan and promote the need for excellent educators in high-needs schools.

GeorgiaCAN

    • Advocated for the passage of HB 430, ensuring Georgia charter schools receive equitable distribution of state and federal funds and establish an authorizer code based on the NACSA Principles and Standards for Charter School Authorizing.

JerseyCAN

    • Protected charter expansion, choice and accountability throughout leadership transitions.
    • Protected the adoption and implementation of new charter regulations that create special purpose charter schools, better access to facilities, administrative improvements and teacher certification flexibility.
    • Ensured full and equitable funding for all public schools—traditional and charter alike.

MarylandCAN

    • Developed a core group of high-performing Baltimore principals who will advocate for greater school-level autonomy within the district.

NorthCarolinaCAN

    • Championed the Equitable Charter Transportation Grant Program, which adds $2.5 million in transportation grants for charter schools that primarily serve low-income students.
    • Established an Education Savings Accounts system for students with special needs.
    • Ensured the robust implementation of the new Innovation School District.

NYCAN

    • Supported the continued implementation of Common Core State Standards and rollout of linked assessments.

PennCAN

    • Retained effective teachers by passing legislation to end “last in, first out” furlough policies.
    • Protected and preserve the new school funding formula and continue to support the Campaign for Fair Education Funding.

SouthCarolinaCAN

    • Ensured accountability system accurately identifies student achievement gaps and is publicly accessible for all.
    • Launched a new parent empowerment program in Charleston to elevate parent voice and drive policy change in education locally and statewide.
    • Secured legislation to ensure that South Carolina may continue to engage in school turnaround efforts for chronically underperforming schools through public-private partnerships, nonprofit charter management organizations and direct support.

TennesseeCAN

      • Passed new charter legislation to support facilities growth and funding equity.
      • Secured legislative support for private school choice and voucher options to benefit low-income
        families in underperforming districts.
      • Ensured proper implementation and rollout of the A–F school grading system.
      • Supported the Achievement School District and its expansion to additional Tennessee cities beyond Memphis and Nashville.
      • Supported the implementation of fiscal transparency policies that provide more information on how education funds are spent.


2016

 

GeorgiaCAN

    • Increased financial transparency for all schools.

JerseyCAN

    • Expanded high-quality options with fair funding and facilities for all schools.
    • Expanded the number of high-quality school options.
    • Protected the state’s commitment to high standards and honest assessments.

MarylandCAN

    • Passed legislation that authorizes high-quality operators of schools of choice to employ principals and teachers.
    • Launched the Baltimore Principal Leadership Consultancy so that principals can help each other lead more children from low-income households to achieve at high levels.

MinnCAN

    • ​​Ensured that Minnesota develops and executes a clear, streamlined licensure process for experienced out-of-state educators.
    • Improved the public charter school landscape by promoting funding parity and stronger charter management.
    • Increased funding and support for programs focused on improving teacher quality, diversity and effectiveness.
    • Disaggregated student achievement data by ethnic community in order to better tailor supports and resources.
    • Reformed school discipline policies to keep students in the classroom.

NorthCarolinaCAN

    • Increased access to high-quality seats for more students through opportunity scholarships.
    • ​​Ensured charter schools receive more equitable and timely funding.
    • Successfully passed an Achievement School District bill.
    • Fostered greater local funding commitments for K-12 education.

NYCAN

    • Continued the growth of charter schools across the state.
    • Supported the implementation and rollout of Common Core-aligned assessments.

PennCAN

    • Ensured equitable funding for all public schools—traditional and charter alike.
    • Expanded the growth of high-quality schools in Alleghany County.

RI-CAN

    • Provided fair, sustainable school facilities aid to all public schools.
    • Elevated personalized learning as a statewide education priority.
    • Ensured the education funding formula is fair and focused on the needs of students.

SouthCarolinaCAN

    • Strengthened accountability and support for teachers.
    • Successfully passed an Achievement School District bill.

TennesseeCAN

      • Supported equitable funding for school oversight entities.
      • Streamlined testing to remove extraneous state tests from student requirements and provide greater transparency to students and families about assessment performance.
      • Supported the passage of legislation that requires the Tennessee Department of Education to develop a system to grade schools based on student achievement and growth.
      • Required schools to assign students based on teacher performance to avoid placement for consecutive years with under-performing teachers.
      • Fully supported and protected the implementation of the Individualized Education Act.
      • Supported priority school rankings in schools.


2015

 

JerseyCAN

    • Defeated a bill that would create a moratorium on charter school growth.
    • Successfully defended the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments.
    • Championed the growth of high-quality options for families in Camden through a 282% increase of enrollment in renaissance schools.

MarylandCAN

    • Created a peer-to-peer principal mentoring program for principals in partnership with Baltimore City Schools.
    • Passed the Public Charter School Improvement Act of 2015 in Maryland, providing more flexibility in teacher certification, transparency in local school funding, prioritized enrollment for disadvantaged children and more flexibility for high-performing schools.

MinnCAN

    • Secured an additional $48 million for early learning scholarships to help low-income 3- and 4-year-olds access high-quality pre-K.
    • Ensured great mentors for student teachers by advocating for a law that requires student teachers to be paired with mentors who have at least three years of classroom experience.
    • Created pathways to licensure for out-of-state teachers in Minnesota with a new law that addresses teacher shortages across the state, fills hard-to-staff positions, empowers principals to hire the best candidates and increases teacher diversity.

NorthCarolinaCAN

    • Secured an increase for starting salaries for educators from $33,000 to $35,000 per year.

NYCAN

    • Supported tenure reform in New York, which now requires New York teachers to be rated “effective” for three years in order to qualify for tenure with at least four years of classroom experience.

RI-CAN

      • Secured a new investment in universal, full-day kindergarten.
      • Championed school facilities policies, including an end to the school housing moratorium, the creation of a new School Building Authority and $20 million to fund school facilities renovation.


2014

 

JerseyCAN

    • Championed a charter reform bill that would improve charter schools’ access to facilities, improve authorizing and provide regulatory relief.
    • Successfully prevented a significant delay in the use of student achievement in teacher evaluations and supported the creation of a Study Commission that will identify best practices around standardized testing.
    • Introduced a bill to create a 10-county pilot repeal of the teacher residency requirement, allowing teachers and school personnel in select counties to live outside the state of New Jersey.

MarylandCAN

    • Passed the 2014 Pre-K Expansion Act, expanding eligibility to more children, providing grants for half-day programs to convert to full-day and offering additional funding opportunities for wrap-around services.
    • Defeated a bill aimed at delaying the PARCC exams so that student performance can accurately reflect progress on Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards.
    • Restored child care subsidies through the Maryland Family Network’s petition and increased financial stability for families.

MinnCAN

    • Successfully advocated for removal of the PSEO “gag rule,” which prohibited Minnesota colleges and universities from advertising the financial benefits of Post-Secondary Enrollment Option classes.
    • Championed a law that provides parents with a timely written summary of their student’s academic growth and proficiency on academic content standards, as measured by state assessments.
    • Defeated an amendment to delay implementation of teacher evaluations and protected Minnesota’s No Child Left Behind waiver.
    • Expanded pre-K scholarships, increasing funding by $4.65 million and removing the arbitrary scholarship cap to better meet student needs.
    • Successfully reversed a ruling by the Minnesota Board of Teaching that had denied licensure to talented out-of-state candidates, thus ensuring the faithful implementation of the state’s breakthrough 2011 alternative certification law.

NorthCarolinaCAN

    • Championed an historic $282 million salary increase for teachers, the largest pay raise in the state’s history, that includes a restructured salary schedule so that teachers receive higher pay earlier in their career and support for differentiated pay programs for highly effective teachers.

PennCAN

    • Championed SB 1085, a charter school reform bill that increases academic accountability and financial transparency, while supporting the needs of high-quality charter schools.

RI-CAN

      • Overturned an antiquated law on teacher layoff notifications, leading to a more fair and modern system that will not disrupt classroom learning.
      • Implemented a student-centered funding formula for schools and directed funds and removed barriers for districts to implement full-day kindergarten.


2013

 

MarylandCAN

    • Helped pass a bill that calls for the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct a thorough study of charter schools and then recommend proposals to reform the system with a focus on ensuring high-quality options for all kids.

MinnCAN

    • Ensured that charter schools have more equitable funding and will benefit from per-pupil funding increases.
    • Boosted accountability in the charter school sector by ensuring that charter authorizers are now required to prepare annual reports to track student achievement, as well as operational and financial performance.
    • Partnered with the MinneMinds coalition to win an historic $40 million investment in early childhood education that will increase access to quality pre-K for low-income 3- and 4-year-olds.
    • Helped pass legislation that makes student learning and achievement the primary purpose of charter schools.
    • Ensured that failure to demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement for all students is now clearly defined as a reason for contract non-renewal or termination of charter schools.
    • Helped bring a refined focus to the teacher skills exam in Minnesota, and initiated a department task force to review licensure skills assessments for the long haul.
    • Kept the implementation of a new teacher evaluation on track, despite attempts from legislators to delay the much-needed change.
    • Successfully rallied the Minnesota Board of Teaching to grant waivers to incoming Teach for America educators.

NorthCarolinaCAN

    • Helped implement performance-based teacher contracts in place of tenure.
    • Successfully championed the creation of a taskforce that will explore matching teacher pay with effectiveness.
    • Won annual teacher evaluations in North Carolina that take student performance into account.

NYCAN

    • Increased state support for early college high schools to $6 million.

RI-CAN

      • Rallied to win a $300,000 investment in full-day kindergarten program to ensure access to high-quality early education for all kids.
      • Paved the way for Achievement First to enter Rhode Island, and helped ensure the Providence charter school would open on schedule.
      • Successfully urged lawmakers to fulfill the promise of equitable school funding with an additional $32 million in state aid for education.


2011-2012

 

MarylandCAN

    • Expanded funding to give low-income families access to pre-K programs.

MinnCAN

    • Secured $4 million in funding for scholarships for low-income families to access high-quality pre-K options.
    • Garnered the community support that helped win $45 million in the Race to the Top early learning challenge.
    • Helped pass a bill that allows charter schools to collaborate with their home districts.
    • Cleared the path to classrooms for teachers with alternative certification.
    • Established an evaluation plan for teachers that incorporates student learning.
    • Enacted a principal evaluation plan that mirrors the new teacher evaluation system so that principals are held to the same standards as their teachers.

NYCAN

    • Helped raise the bar for teachers by ensuring that 40 percent of an educator’s grade correlates with student achievement data.

PennCAN

    • Protected $100 million in block grants that support innovative full-day kindergarten and pre-K programs.
    • Expanded high-quality school options in by helping enact the Educational Improvement Scholarship credit.
    • Overhauled 40-year-old teacher evaluation system and replaced it with one that bases 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation on student achievement data.

RI-CAN

    • Raised the bar for teachers by ensuring that prospective educators must pass a reading test.

 

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