Thanks to our leaders in the states and the citizen movement they are building, our advocacy campaigns are demanding – and getting – results for kids. These policies will help ensure high-quality schools for all kids, regardless of their address.
2014 policy wins
Ensured access to high-quality options by supporting 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.
Introduced a charter reform bill in New Jersey that would improve charter schools' access to facilities, improve authorizing and provide regulatory relief.
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.
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.
Defeated an amendment to delay implementation of teacher evaluations and protected Minnesota’s No Child Left Behind waiver.
Ensured that the Minnesota Board of Teaching adopted streamlined processes for issuing teaching licenses to educators trained and licensed outside the state.
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
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 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.
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.
Expanded MinneMinds Pre-K scholarships, increasing funding by $4.65 million and removing the arbitrary scholarship cap to better meet student needs in Minnesota.
Restored childcare subsidies through the Maryland Family Network’s petition and increased financial stability for families.
Passed a new funding formula for Rhode Island schools that will prioritize funds and remove barriers for districts to implement full day kindergarten.
2013 policy wins
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.
Ensured that Minnesota charter schools have more equitable funding and will benefit from per-pupil funding increases.
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.
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.
Successfully urged lawmakers to fulfill the promise of equitable school funding in Rhode Island with an additional $32 million in state aid for education.
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.
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.
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.
Increased state support for New York’s early college high schools to $6 million.
2011–2012 policy wins
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.
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.
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.
Our campaigns have not only pushed critical legislative forward, but have also begun to change the public conversation around providing every child with a high-quality education, regardless of their address. Today, the growing 50CAN network benefits from more than 30,000 members who have collectively sent more than 35,000 messages to public officials. Our campaigns have been featured in hundreds of news stories, in publications such as MinnPost, Star Tribune, Providence Journal, Providence Business News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Patriot News. Each state has also been actively involved in community events, including panel discussions and local task forces.