The following websites are recommended for all those who support PUBLIC education, adequate/equitable funding, and an end to maniacal assessment and accountability systems.
ALEC Exposed ALEC Exposed reveals how ALEC bills would privatize public education, both preK-12 and higher education. Model legislation for state action is provided to legislators to implement initiatives such as the Parent Trigger Act, Virtual Public Schools Act, Vouchers, Charters, etc.
Annenberg Institute for School Reform/Community Organizing and Engagement AISR provides support to urban communities in their struggles for school improvement. Through policy research, educational data analysis, training, facilitation, coordination, support for strategy development, and logistical support, we help youth, parent, and community education organizing groups develop sufficient power to improve the equality of education in low-performing school districts.
Campaign for Educational Equity Campaign for Educational Equity is a nonprofit research and policy center at Teachers College, Columbia University, that champions the right of all children to meaningful educational opportunity and works to define and secure the full range of resources, supports, and services necessary to provide this opportunity to disadvantaged children.
Center for Public Policy Priorities The Center for Public Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan, nonprofict 501(c)3 policy institute committed to improving public policies to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans.
Class Size Matters. Class Size Matters is a non-profit organization that advocates for class size reduction in NYC’s public schools and the nation as a whole. The New York Times has called us the “city’s leading proponent of smaller classes.”
Cloaking Inequality. The reformers guide to reforming reformers. Blog. University of Texas professor.
Economic Policy Institute The Economic Policy Institute is a nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy. EPI documents impacts of social and economic inequality on student achievement, and suggests policies, within school and out, to narrow outcome gaps between middle class and disadvantaged students. EPI research refutes false assumptions behind politically inspired attacks on public education, teachers, and their union.
Educate for Texas. Blog by Dr. Jerry Burkett and PTA Mom Kim Burkett.
Education Law Center Education Law Center serves as the leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and has become one of the most effective advocates for equal educational opportunity and education justice in the United States.
Educational Equity, Politics, and Policy in Texas This blog on Texas education contains posts on accountability, testing, college readiness, dropouts, bilingual education, immigration, school finance, race, class, and gender issues with additional focus at the national level. This blog reflects the work and contributions of both University of Texas Professor Angela Valenzuela and Dr. Patricia D. Lopez.
First Focus First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.
Give Kids Good Schools. Give Kids Good Schools is a national campaign to guarantee a quality public education for every child in the nation.
Moak and Casey. Moak, Casey and Associates are experts in Texas school finance and accountability.
National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education (NCSPE). The NCSPE, located at Teachers College, Columbia University, provides independent, non-partisan information on and analysis of privatization in education. The Center’s program includes research, evaluation, conferences, publications, and dissemination on a full range of issues regarding privatization of education from pre-school to higher education, both national and international.
National Education Law Center. Founded in 1973, the Education Law Center (ELC) serves as the leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and has become one of the most effective advocates for equal educational opportunity and education justice in the United States. Widely recognized for groundbreaking court rulings on behalf of at-risk students, ELC also promotes educational equity through coalition building, litigation support, policy development, communications, and action-focused research in New Jersey, in other states, and at the federal level.
National Education Policy Center. National Education Policy Center sponsors research, produces policy briefs, and publishes expert third-party reviews of think tank reports.
National Opportunity to Learn Campaign. The OTL Campaign advocates for a supports-based reform agenda that provides students with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. These include:
- High quality early education
- Equitable funding and resources
- Wraparound academic, social, emotional and health supports for students
- Highly prepared and effective teachers
- Effective school discipline
- Meaningful engagement with parents and the community
School Finance 101 School Finance 101 is a blog site by Dr. Bruce Baker of Rutgers University. He posts data and thoughts on public and private school funding in the United States.
Schott Foundation for Public Education The mission of the Schott Foundation for Public Education is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality preK-12 public education. Schott Foundation sponsors the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign (see links).
Teach the Vote. Teach the Vote is a project of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. ATPE’s goal for Teach the Vote is to provide information to voters about the public education views and platforms of every candidate running for the Texas Legislature and the State Board of Education. ATPE is a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse candidates but provides information to its members and the public regarding candidates’ positions on public education issues and ATPE priorities.
Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment. TAMSA is a statewide, grassroots organization comprised of parents and other community members concerned with the overemphasis on high stakes STAAR tests and the misallocation of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to the tests that should be going to the classroom. TAMSA’s vision is for a strong accountability system for our schools and student assessments that are meaningful. We support the use of nationally normed tests, supplemented with state tests where appropriate. Please join us as we advocate in Austin for our children and their schools!
Texans Care for Children Texans Care for Children is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, home-grown in Texas since 1985 and dedicated to giving every Texan a good start in life.
Texas Association of School Administrators Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) is a nonprofit educators’ association dedicated to promoting, providing, and developing leadership for school administrators.
Texas Association of School Boards Created in 1949, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) is a voluntary, nonprofit, statewide educational association that serves and represents local Texas school districts.
Texas Center for Education Policy The central purpose of TCEP is to bring researchers together whose work has direct bearing on policy issues of the day and to, in turn, bring them together with larger stakeholder education communities statewide. They provide expertise in the areas of high-stakes standardized testing, assessment, and school accountability.
Texas Education Agency The mission of the Texas Education Agency is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.
Texas Equity Center The Equity Center was founded in 1982 and has become the largest research and advocacy organization of its kind in the nation and the only education association in Texas that exclusively represents the interests of children in school districts that are chronically under-funded by the Texas school finance system.
Texas Parents Opt Out of State Tests. Facebook page for this organization.
TexasISD TexasISD is the most recognized news resource for Texas public school officials.
The following websites are those of organizations that advocate for the end of public education.
Texas Public Policy Foundation “The mission of the Texas Public Policy Foundation is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach.” (This organization is the source for many, if not all, of the state policies that Texas Kids Can’t Wait OPPOSES. They are clearly linked to ALEC. Other pro-privatization organizations include:
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans for Prosperity Texas, Association of American Educators, Austin Kids First, Better Education for Kids, Cato Institute, Center for Education Reform, Cities for Education Entrepreneurship, Democrats for Education Reform, Fordham Foundation, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Freedom Works, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Goldwater Institute, Great Hearts Academies, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution, K12 Inc, Leadership for Educational Equity, National Heritage Academies, Students First, Texans for Parental Choice in Education, Texas Charter School Association, Texas Parent Union, Stand for Children Texas, Walton Family Foundation, Texas Home School Coalition, etc.)