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Our mission is to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, particularly our youth, ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

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How will we do this? By applying A New Opportunity Agenda to U.S. education, so that every education policy effort moving forward is focused Innovation + Opportunity = Results.





Now That’s What CER Calls Innovation and Opportunity 2016 — An annual report offering highlights from an impactful year.





  • 2016 - I + O =R

    After 23 years of dedication, action, and results, the Center for Education Reform (CER) is applying a new equation to education reform: Innovation + Opportunity = Results. It is time to reframe the debate to educate the public and lawmakers on the necessity and best approaches to ensuring innovation and opportunity in all of our schools. It is time to usher in a New Opportunity Agenda characterized by four core tenets: Innovation, Flexibility, Opportunity and Transparency.

  • 2013 - 20th Anniversary

    The Center for Education Reform held its 20th Anniversary Celebration Conference, Gala and EdReformies on October 9, 2013, with an intensive conference and spectacular gala. Panel discussions with some of the nation’s leading experts addressed the need to accelerate the pace of reform, using history as a guide.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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