It is the mission of the Center for Education Reform to accelerate the growth of the education reform movement in ways that make available to families new and meaningful choices, give parents fundamental power over their children’s education, and allow teachers and schools to innovate in ways that transform student learning.
The Center for Education Reform embraces three core pillars to achieve this mission:
– Generate leading ideas and information to drive innovative strategic policy changes that result in more and increased diversity in educational choice.
– Grow activism in communities, from the ground up, to arm current and new generations of committed grassroots activists to reclaim quality and choice in education as a fundamental right.
– Ensure issue accuracy by challenging convention and stimulating all forms of media coverage and discussion to promote accountability in the public interest
Each of these pillars plays a fundamental role in achieving The Center for Education Reform’s main objective: empowering parents with more control over the education of their own families.
1993 - CER Founded
CER is founded to bridge policy and practice and restore excellence in education, through promoting choice and accountability in schools, two concepts that were foreign words then but today are the hallmarks of a reform revolution.
1998 - 5th Anniversary
The team celebrates the 5th Anniversary and six Unsung Heroes of Education Reform. Today those individuals are widely recognized for their contributions, from Howard Fuller who is the leading spokesperson in the nation for true civil rights for children of color through school choice; Leah Vukmir, parent turned activist and now Wisconsin State Legislator, and Pennsylvania Representative Dwight Evans, whose contributions led to the founding of the choice movement in his state.
2003 - 10th Anniversary
By this point, 36 Charter Laws have been passed, 2700 Charter schools are in operation, school choice is held constitutional and a national movement for accountability shines the spotlight on an often-invisible crisis. The 10th Anniversary is a milestone for the organization, which pays tribute to John Walton, Jeb Bush, Ed Secretary Rod Paige, Jim and Fawn Spady, The Honorable Judd Gregg, James Peyser, Donald Hense, Fanny Lewis and Colbert King.
2006 - 13th Anniversary
As unconventional in its thinking as in its celebrations, the Lucky 13th Anniversary honors 13 lawmakers who dare, 13 who were bold, 13 who made a difference in the landscape of choice for children across the country. The coalition of diverse racial, political and professional people gathered in Washington DC is a testimony to the power of the movement born just 13 years earlier, and honors journalists, philanthropists, and lawmakers across the movement.
2011 - Coming of Age
With a generation of accomplishments under its belt, the Center seeks to launch new, state of the art practices to rescue the alarming number of children still stuck in failing schools. With the relaunch of edreform.com comes a new identity, and a new attitude. The Center is 18 now, and the movement has come of age. It's time to expect even more from our friends and ourselves.
2013 - 20th Anniversary
The Center for Education Reform held its 20th Anniversary Celebration Conference, Gala and EdReformies on October 9, 2013,
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