Amid growing interest in improving K-12 public education, in the past two decades, about five dozen new education advocacy organizations have emerged across the U.S. states.
Often formed and sustained with the help of foundations, typically these groups have advanced policy agendas focused on issues like accountability, educator quality, data transparency and choice.
Paul Manna, co-author of a new study on these organizations, reflects on the basic characteristics of these new education advocacy organizations and the diverse roles they have come to play in state education policy debates.
Unlike more traditional education advocacy organizations, which historically have represented teachers and school or district management groups, these new actors generally do not have large numbers of dues-paying members or affiliates drawn from those employed in public education.
Based on the study he also will offer recommendations for the organizations themselves and their potential foundation supporters.
Will Miller, president, Wallace Foundation; and the co-authors of the study, Paul Manna, associate professor, Dept. of Government, Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, College of William & Mary, and Susan Moffitt, Asst. Professor, Department of Political Science, Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, Brown University.
- NEW EDUCATION ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS in the U.S. STATES: NATIONAL SNAPSHOT and a CASE STUDY of ADVANCE ILLINOIS By Paul Manna and Susan Moffitt