The Changing Face of Education Advocacy

New Advocacy Groups Shaking Up Education Field

The organizations' influence over policy and politics appears to be growing, especially at the state and local levels.

May 16, 2012 - Education Week

A new generation of education advocacy groups are shaping policy through aggressive lobbying and campaign activity. What impact do you see these groups having on public education? Join the discussion.
May 16, 2012 New organizations are making their impact felt in statehouses on issues such as teacher evaluation and charter schools.
May 16, 2012 Grants to prominent K-12 groups often helps underwrite activities touching on sensitive areas of education policy.
May 23, 2012 New organizations are jousting with teacher groups for influence on policy issues.
May 23, 2012 A new breed of K-12 advocacy organizations is making its campaign-cash influence felt in local school board contests.
May 23, 2012 The race for a seat on Louisiana's board of education attracted the attention of education activists and politically connected individuals—and unleashed a torrent of spending.
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About This Series
In a package of articles, Education Week examines a fresh wave of advocacy organizations that wield increasing political influence in the education arena. The first part of the series, published May 14, delved into these groups’ origins, organizational structure, and stated missions; how they’re funded; and their impact on both the national debate over K-12 policy and state-level elections. Part two, published May 21, examines the relationship these organizations have with the national teachers’ unions and dig more deeply into their political clout at the local level, including in specific school board races.

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