From early learning to the elementary, secondary and post-secondary
levels, quality education is critical
to America's success in an ever more competitive world economy.
At the center are teachers in public, charter and private schools as
well as many parents home schooling their children. Also entering
into the picture besides teachers and parents are administrators,
various levels of government, the teachers' unions, foundations and
other groups. Post-secondary education encompasses thousands of
community colleges, colleges and universities. Money is tight at
all levels. There is ongoing debate over the proper role of the
federal government in improving education.
The White House: Education
Education Commission of the States
"to help states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, the exchange of ideas among the states and long-range strategic thinking."
"Help ensure greater opportunity for all Americans through the attainment of secondary and postsecondary education with genuine economic value."
"the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation"
"the nation's largest education association (3.2 million members)"
"an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents
1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide."
"Advancing Milton and Rose Friedman’s vision of school
all...established in 1996 to promote universal school choice as the
most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12
"the nation’s vanguard organization for promoting, implementing, and enhancing K-12 educational choice...[seeks] to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children."
"drives the creation of better
opportunities for all children by leading parents, policymakers and the
media in boldly advocating for school choice, advancing the charter
school movement, and challenging the education establishment."
"to build a national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform, so that America has the best education system in the world."
"Education Sector is an independent think tank that challenges conventional thinking in education policy. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to achieving measurable impact in education policy, both by improving existing reform initiatives and by developing new, innovative solutions to our nation's most pressing education problems."
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