For years now, Eduflack has written about how real, meaningful educational change happens at the state level. Yes, the Feds have the bully pulpit, as evidenced by today’s expected White House announcement to provide waivers to those state willing to play ball with regard to AYP and student achievement. But it ultimately falls to individual states to set the agenda, develop the policies, fund the plan, and implement real improvements with fidelity.
50CAN’s mission is to identify and support local leaders who build movements within their states to ensure that every child has access to a great public school. As 50CAN board member and National Council of La Raza Senior Vice President Delia Pompa says on our new website, “The job going forward is to create a larger podium for those who are guided by the interests of children.”
That’s what 50CAN is all about. We provide amazing local leaders with the tools to build powerful advocacy movements in their state, including national-caliber communications and research such as websites, lobbying strategies, policy expertise and social media savvy. By empowering local leaders, we are helping create a lasting, research-grounded education reform movement capable of tackling 50 sets of education policy challenges in 50 states.