Campaigns in Our States
We are hard at work across the country accomplishing wins for students and effecting change in education. With the help of engaged parents, educators, and community members, our states are advocating for access to high-quality schools, pre-K, strong educational standards, and more. Check out and support some of our active campaigns below!
In Oklahoma, we are working on a ballot measure (Stae Question 779) that would create additional funding for Oklahoma schools and would address the teacher shortage crisis, boost college affordability, raise reading rates, improve graduation rates, and expand career and technology training. It will also provide early learning opportunities for at-risk and low-income children. To find out more about the ballot measure, visit Yes for 779 and sign on to join the movement.
In Colorado, we're fighting to maintain high academic standards and smarter tests that truly measure learning and keep stuents on track for college and careers. Read more about the tests and standards and try out this interactive tool to understand what your child should know before moving to the next grade level.
In Indiana, we held a member summit that focused on improving the quality of education Indianapolis Public Schools that resulted in a strategy called "Every Child, Every Neighborhood" that was presented to IPS before they approved their strategic plan. IPS actually incorporated several of the ideas into their strategic plan, which focused on ensuring a great principal leader in every school, a great teacher in every classroom, a great school in every neighborhood, and a great support system for every parent or guardian. Now we must work to ensure IPS executes the plan successfully. Find out more about the strategic plan.
In Oregon, we have introduced a ballot measure for next year's election that focuses on better preparing high school students for the future by offering more career-technical education opportunities to students, providing better drop-out prevention strategies through personal counseling and mentoring, and creating more dual-credit courses so that students arrive at college prepared. You can find FAQs about the initiative, read the full ballot measure, and take the pledge to support improving high school for Oregon students.
In Massachusetts, we are working to help pass legislation that will provide state-funded pre-K to 3 and 4-year-olds with prioritization based on school district accountability status and rates of third grade reading proficiency. High-quality pre-K has a huge impact on a child's future academic success and can go a long way toward closing the achievement gap, especially for disadvantaged children. Read more about our Pre-K for MA campaign and sign the pledge to support access to early childhood education.
In Washington, we are fighting to keep our charter schools open and support the 1,200 students who may no longer be able to attend the school they had selected with their families. After the state ruled charter schools unconstitutional just a couple months ago, we have rallied to protect the right for WA students to have access to quality schools. Read about one family's reaction, and then write to the governor to tell him to keep WA's schools open.