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

U.S. Department of Education
-National Center for Education Statistics
-State Departments of Education
-State Resources

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce

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."

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: United States Education

"Help ensure greater opportunity for all Americans through the attainment of secondary and postsecondary education with genuine economic value."

National PTA

"the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation"

National Education Association

"the nation's largest education association (3.2 million members)"

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

"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."

The Foundation for Educational Choice

"Advancing Milton and Rose Friedman’s vision of school choice for all...established in 1996 to promote universal school choice as the most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12 education in America."

Alliance for School Choice

"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."

The Center for Education Reform

"drives the creation of better educational 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." (Michelle Rhee)

"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."

American Association of School Administrators
Association of American Colleges and Universities
American Association of Community Colleges

National School Boards Association: The Center for Public Education
...more national associations from the U.S. Department of Education

National Home Education Research Institute


Education Sector

"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."

American Enterprise Institute-Education
The Brookings Institution-Brown Center on Education Policy
The Brookings Institution-Center for Universal Education
Center for American Progress-Education 

Cato Institute-Education and Child Policy
The Heartland Institute-School Reform News
Heritage Foundation-Education
New America Foundation-Education Policy Program

Rand Coorporation-Education and the Arts
Urban Institute-Education

Democrats, Republicans and Major Third Parties

Education Week
Chronicle of Higher Education 

OECD - Education
UNESCO - Education