Education

K-12 Education Policy

The K-12 Education Policy team is committed to developing policies for a new education agenda rooted in principles of opportunity for all and equity in access.

Students go over their drawings during an art class. (Getty/Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)

What We're Doing

Racial equity and community-informed policies

K-12 Education applies an explicit race and resource equity lens to our policy and research agenda. We set a standard where equity is centered in all education policymaking and practice, and where institutional racism is called out and addressed as a barrier to progress.

College, career, and civic readiness

We are dedicated to preparing all students for college, civic engagement, and the workforce. We recognize the importance of the K-12 education system in providing every child with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in higher education and a changing workforce.

Modernizing and elevating the teaching profession

We recognize that no education reform effort can be successful without teachers. We are working to modernize and elevate the teaching profession so that teachers receive the training, pay, and respect they deserve and all students have access to high-quality teachers.

Investment and funding equity for public education

We know that funding matters in education, and there are both racial and socioeconomic disparities in investment and opportunities. We are fighting for increased investment and more equitable funding systems so that schools and students receive the resources they deserve.

The K-12 Education Policy team is committed to developing policies for a new education agenda rooted in principles of opportunity for all and equity in access.

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Featured work

Coalition Partners

The K-12 Education team is grateful to be part of several great coalitions that allow education advocates and community members to share information, coordinate advocacy, brainstorm policy proposals, and more.

Public Education Big Table Coalition

This coalition represents a group of education, civil rights, disability, research, and community organizations working on K-12 education policy and advocacy.

TeachStrong

This national coalition of diverse education organizations and educators sought to transform the systems and policies that support teachers to ensure all students have access to great teaching.

Community Partners

Our team believes that education policymaking should be developed with support from the community. We collaborate with community-based groups to hold conversations with educators, administrators, students, and parents and incorporate these stories and insights into our policy proposals and advocacy. Here are some of the organizations we have worked with.

About our team

We are deeply committed to the role of education in building an equitable and just society. Our approach is to apply an explicit racial equity lens to problem-solving. That lens requires us to engage the communities and people most deeply impacted by education policies in our research, advocacy, and coalition-building. A combination of professional expertise and expertise from the lived experiences of community members allows us to develop and advocate for ideas that will expand opportunity, build a strong democracy, and advance an inclusive economy, both now and in the future.

Latest

Video: Charter School Turnaround Video

Video: Charter School Turnaround

A video goes inside the former Shoemaker Middle School in Philadelphia to examine its progress after being taken over by the Mastery Charter School network in 2006.

Ask the Expert: Back to School Video

Ask the Expert: Back to School

Robin Chait discusses what new Obama administration education strategies we should expect to see in this coming school year and what reforms show the most promise.

Robin Chait

A Million Dollar Difference Video

A Million Dollar Difference

Video explains what the Title I comparability loophole is and how it keeps high-poverty schools from getting the equitable resources they deserve.

Ask the Expert: Opportunities for Education Reform Video

Ask the Expert: Opportunities for Education Reform

Melissa Lazarín discusses opportunities for education reform this year and what the president is doing to promote innovation in our schools.

Melissa Lazarín

Ask the Expert: Obama’s New Vision for Education Video

Ask the Expert: Obama’s New Vision for Education

Cynthia Brown discusses President Obama's blueprint for education, how it differs from No Child Left Behind, and why some groups are opposed to it.

Cynthia G. Brown

Video: State of the Union 2010 Video

Video: State of the Union 2010

Center for American Progress experts discuss President Obama's State of the Union address.

Why We Need the Teacher Incentive Fund Video

Why We Need the Teacher Incentive Fund

Robin Chait explains what the Teacher Incentive Fund is, how it improves education, and why it is likely to help student achievement in high-needs schools.

Robin Chait