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Promoting Strong Public Schools

Investing in the Next Generation

Great public schools that prepare young people for long-term success and active citizenship are at the heart of our democracy. But underinvestment, attacks on teaching professionals, high-stakes testing and a movement towards privatization all threaten the ability of schools to achieve these goals. As a result, we are missing valuable opportunities to prepare the next generation of Americans—particularly low-income students and students of color--for success and leadership.  

This situation is unjust and untenable. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2042 the majority...

Great public schools that prepare young people for long-term success and active citizenship are at the heart of our democracy. But underinvestment, attacks on teaching professionals, high-stakes testing and a movement towards privatization all threaten the ability of schools to achieve these goals. As a result, we are missing valuable opportunities to prepare the next generation of Americans—particularly low-income students and students of color--for success and leadership.  

This situation is unjust and untenable. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2042 the majority of Americans will be people of color. The future of our democracy and the health of our economy both depend on our ability to provide a high-quality education for all the nation’s children.

In recent years, state and local policies facilitating charter schools, virtual education, tax credit scholarships and so-called “parent trigger” initiatives have been enacted in numerous states. These policies shift a critically important function—the education of our children—from the public to the private sphere, often pitting concerns like equity against profits in the process. Such measures also contribute to diminished transparency and accountability, limiting the ability of parents to actively engage in their children’s education. In contributing to the privatization of public education, these policies also undermine hard-won victories in the areas of civil rights, workers' rights, and good government.

CPD is working with leading education policy and organizing groups, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and progressive unions, such as the National Educators Alliance and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), to develop and move progressive policies that give parents, teachers and other community members real power to improve struggling schools, challenge privatization and maintain and deepen the commitment to public education. CPD is providing legal and policy research and analysis, legislative drafting and communications support for the movement for research-driven education policy.

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