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23 Timeline Tidbits To Celebrate EdReform Turning 23


The 23 year history of #EdReform is also the making of a movement!  Follow these #CER23 Timeline Tidbits to learn why it matters:



1993: 10 years after Nation at Risk & continued crisis, The Center for Education Reform is founded by @JeanneAllen to make all schools work better for all children.


1995: CER publishesThe School Reform Handbook, training an army of school reform pioneers.


1996: CER starts grading state charter school laws to ensure opportunity & innovation for all kids.


1997: Before the web took off, CER published the first ever roadmap to starting & advocating for charter schools

1998: Rep. Dwight Evans is honored as an Unsung Hero for his work helping Pennsylvania kids at CER’s 5th anniversary celebration.

1998: “We simply cannot afford to lose a single child.” — Words of urgency from Howard Fuller that still ring true today

1998: Leah Vukmir started as a concerned parent who used to call CER. Today, she’s leading the charge for opportunity as a Wisconsin State Senator.

2002: Choice & Accountability take the national stage with CER’s guidance and expertise


2002: US Supreme Court, in Zelman v. SimmonsHarris case, finds Ohio voucher program constitutional! CER Amicus Brief is credited with with shaping Justice O’Connor’s opinion.


2003: As CER celebrates its 10th anniversary, we honor Fannie Lewis, a mother turned City Councilwoman who fought the law for kids and won.

2003: “No longer can we brand kids by their zip code.” Rod Paige, who was Education Secretary at the time, makes this declaration

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Meet the Candidates of Election 2048!

As the 2016 presidential debates kick off, Success Academy’s middle school debate champions will demonstrate how the pros do it!

This live debate will feature eighth grade scholars from Success Academy Harlem East’s champion debate team, who will apply their remarkable skills in arguing both sides of an exciting education policy issue.


Opening remarks will be given by Success Academy Founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz.
When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Where: Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC

Please join Success Academy Charter Schools for this joyful display of student accomplishment, and be prepared to meet the candidates of Election 2048!
RSVP by email to DCEvents@SuccessAcademies.org.



Innovation and Technology is Alive and Well at These 10 Super Schools

Education Reform has evolved. And with it, so has CER’s mission to transform the landscape for education excellence and opportunity. In an increasingly digital world, the need to connect the dots between leading innovators and technology with the demand for greater educational opportunity is more critical than ever. The need to improve opportunities for students is part of the reason we’re playing a role in a new EdTech accelerator and incubator. And it’s why in June CER convened hundreds of leaders in education, business, politics, and media to make a bold call for a New Opportunity Agenda in education, focused on Innovation and Opportunity, and with it a commitment to advancing both throughout all education.

XQ: The Super Schools Project” is answering that call. It seeks to answer the question: “What do our high schools need to prepare our students for the future?”

Last night, a school near and dear to CER (whose founder Seth Andrew is a long time ally and edreform superstar and whose board incudes CER’s CEO Jeanne Allen – Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) – was announced as one of ten XQ Super School winners. No small feat, as there were nearly 700 schools in the running!

As CBS This Morning reported, “At the Washington school, found the kind of creative and collaborative approach to learning she says students need to prosper in today’s world.”

Laurene Powell Jobs (yes, that “Jobs” – wife of the late tech genius Steve Jobs) is the funder behind the XQ Super Schools project, awarding $10M

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