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Ensure that the Delaware ESSA planning process includes a diverse set of stakeholders and focuses on meaningful accountability for schools and education leaders.
Ensure the faithful implementation of the Excellent Educators for All plan and promote the need for excellent educators in high-needs schools in Delaware.
Advocate 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.
Protect charter expansion, choice and accountability throughout leadership transitions in New Jersey.
Protect the adoption and implementation of new charter regulations that create special purpose charter schools, better access to facilities, administrative improvements and teacher certification flexibility in New Jersey.
Ensure full and equitable funding for all New Jersey public schools—traditional and charter alike.
Develop a core group of high-performing Baltimore, Maryland principals who will advocate for greater school-level autonomy within the district.
Champion the Equitable Charter Transportation Grant Program in North Carolina, which adds $2.5 million in transportation grants for charter schools that primarily serve low-income students.
Establish an Education Savings Accounts system for students with special needs in North Carolina.
Ensure the robust implementation of the new Innovation School District in North Carolina.
Support the continued implementation of Common Core State Standards and rollout of linked assessments in New York.
Retain effective teachers by passing legislation to end “last in, first out” furlough policies in Pennsylvania.
Protect and preserve the new school funding formula and continue to support the Campaign for Fair Education Funding in Pennsylvania.
Ensure South Carolina's accountability system accurately identifies student achievement gaps and is publicly accessible for all.
Launch a new parent empowerment program in Charleston, South Carolina to elevate parent voice and drive policy change in education locally and statewide.
Secure legislation to ensure that the 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.
Pass new charter legislation to support facilities growth and funding equity in Tennessee.
Secure legislative support for private school choice and voucher options to benefit lowincome families in underperforming districts in Tennessee.
Ensure proper implementation and rollout of the A–F school grading system in Tennessee.
Support the Achievement School District and its expansion to additional Tennessee cities beyond Memphis and Nashville.
Support the implementation of fiscal transparency policies that provide more information on how education funds are spent in Tennessee.
Expanded high-quality options with fair funding and facilities for all schools in NEW JERSEY.
Expanded the number of high-quality school options in CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY.
Supported equitable funding for school oversight entities in TENNESSEE.
Increased access to high-quality seats for more NORTH CAROLINA students through opportunity scholarships.
Continued the growth of charter schools in NEW YORK CITY and across the state.
Ensured equitable funding for all PENNSYLVANIA public schools—traditional and charter alike.
Ensured that MINNESOTA develops and executes a clear, streamlined licensure process for experienced out-of-state educators.
Passed legislation that authorizes high-quality operators of schools of choice to employ principals and teachers in MARYLAND.
Improved the public charter school landscape by promoting funding parity and stronger charter management in MINNESOTA.
Expanded the number of high-quality school options in NEWARK, NEW JERSEY.
Ensured NORTH CAROLINA charter schools receive more equitable and timely funding.
Expanded the growth of high-quality schools in ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.
Provided fair, sustainable school facilities aid to all public schools in RHODE ISLAND.
Supported the implementation and rollout of Common Core aligned assessments in NEW YORK.
Strengthened accountability and support for SOUTH CAROLINA teachers.
Streamlined testing in TENNESSEE to remove extraneous state tests from student requirements and provide greater transparency to students and families about assessment performance.
Launched the Baltimore Principal Leadership Consultancy in MARYLAND so that principals can help each other lead more children from low-income households to achieve at high levels.
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 TENNESSEE schools to assign students based on teacher performance to avoid placement for consecutive years with under-performing teachers.
Increased funding and support for programs focused on improving MINNESOTA teacher quality, diversity and effectiveness.
Disaggregated student achievement data by ethnic community in order to better tailor supports and resources in MINNESOTA.
Successfully passed an Achievement School District bill in NORTH CAROLINA.
Elevated personalized learning as a statewide education priority in RHODE ISLAND.
Successfully passed an Achievement School District bill in SOUTH CAROLINA.
Protected the state’s commitment to high standards and honest assessments in NEW JERSEY.
Ensured the education funding formula is fair and focused on the needs of students in RHODE ISLAND.
Fully supported and protected the implementation of the Individualized Education Act in TENNESSEE.
Increased financial transparency for all GEORGIA schools.
Reformed school discipline policies to keep students in the classroom in MINNESOTA.
Fostered greater local funding commitments for K-12 education in NORTH CAROLINA.
Supported priority school rankings in TENNESSEE schools.
Secured an additional $48 million in MINNESOTA for early learning scholarships to help low-income 3- and 4-year-olds access high-quality pre-K.
Created a peer-to-peer principal mentoring program for principals in MARYLAND in partnership with Baltimore City Schools.
Secured an increase for starting salaries for educators from $33,000 to $35,000 per year in NORTH CAROLINA.
Secured a new investment in universal, full-day kindergarten in RHODE ISLAND.
Defeated a bill that would create a moratorium on charter school growth in NEW JERSEY.
Successfully defended the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments in NEW JERSEY.
Championed the growth of high-quality options for families in Camden, NEW JERSEY through a 282% increase of enrollment in renaissance schools.
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.
Ensured great mentors for student teachers in MINNESOTA by advocating for a law that requires student teachers to be paired with mentors who have at least three years of classroom experience.
Championed school facilities policies in RHODE ISLAND, including an end to the school housing moratorium, the creation of a new School Building Authority and $20 million to fund school facilities renovation.
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.
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.
Passed the 2014 Pre-K Expansion Act in MARYLAND, 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.
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 PENNSYLVANIA’s SB 1085, a charter school reform bill that increases academic accountability and financial transparency, while supporting the needs of high-quality charter schools.
Championed a charter reform bill in NEW JERSEY that would improve charter schools' access to facilities, improve authorizing and provide regulatory relief.
Defeated a bill aimed at delaying the PARCC exams in MARYLAND so that student performance can accurately reflect progress on Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards.
Championed a law that provides parents with a timely written summary of their student's academic growth and proficiency on MINNESOTA's 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 in MINNESOTA.
Overturned an antiquated law on teacher layoff notifications in RHODE ISLAND, leading to a more fair and modern system that will not disrupt classroom learning.
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.
Championed an historic $282 million salary increase for NORTH CAROLINA 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.
Successfully prevented a significant delay in the use of student achievement in teacher evaluations in NEW JERSEY 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.
Restored child care subsidies through the MARYLAND Family Network’s petition and increased financial stability for families.
Implemented a student-centered funding formula for RHODE ISLAND schools and directed funds and removed barriers for districts to implement full-day kindergarten.
Ensured that MINNESOTA charter schools have more equitable funding and will benefit from per-pupil funding increases.
Rallied to win a $300,000 investment in RHODE ISLAND’s 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.
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.
Boosted accountability in MINNESOTA’s 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 MINNESOTA’s low-income 3- and 4-year-olds.
Helped implement performance-based teacher contracts in place of tenure in NORTH CAROLINA.
Successfully championed the creation of a NORTH CAROLINA taskforce that will explore matching teacher pay with effectiveness.
Increased state support for NEW YORK’s early college high schools to $6 million.
Helped pass legislation that makes student learning and achievement the primary purpose of MINNESOTA 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 MINNESOTA 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 MINNESOTA's new teacher evaluation on track, despite attempts from legislators to delay the much-needed change.
Won annual teacher evaluations in NORTH CAROLINA that take student performance into account.
Successfully rallied the MINNESOTA Board of Teaching to grant waivers to incoming Teach for America educators.
Successfully urged lawmakers to fulfill the promise of equitable school funding in RHODE ISLAND with an additional $32 million in state aid for education.
Secured $4 million in funding for scholarships for MINNESOTA low-income families to access high-quality pre-K options.
Garnered the community support that helped MINNESOTA win $45 million in the Race to the Top early learning challenge.
Expanded funding in MARYLAND to give low-income families access to pre-K programs.
Protected $100 million in PENNSYLVANIA block grants that support innovative full day kindergarten and pre-K programs.
Expanded high-quality school options in PENNSYLVANIA by helping enact the Educational Improvement Scholarship credit.
Helped pass a bill that allows MINNESOTA charter schools to collaborate with their home districts.
Cleared the path to MINNESOTA classrooms for teachers with alternative certification.
Established an evaluation plan for MINNESOTA teachers that incorporates student learning.
Raised the bar for RHODE ISLAND teachers by ensuring that prospective educators must pass a reading test.
Helped raise the bar for NEW YORK teachers by ensuring that 40 percent of an educator’s grade correlates with student achievement data.
Overhauled PENNSYLVANIA’s 40-year-old teacher evaluation system and replaced it with one that bases 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation on student achievement data.
Enacted a principal evaluation plan in MINNESOTA that mirrors the new teacher evaluation system so that principals are held to the same standards as their teachers.