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Democrats for Education Reform
Updated May 14, 2019
New Democratic divide on charter schools emerges, as support plummets among white Democrats
Among black and Hispanic Democrats, support for charter schools held steady from 2016 to 2018. But among white Democrats, approval tanked, dropping from 43 to 27 percent.
May 5, 2019
Colorado lawmakers made big investments in public education — but few major policy changes
A largely bipartisan consensus on education policy developed over the last decade remains intact at the end of the 2019 Colorado General Assembly.
February 4, 2019
Democrats for Education Reform was behind text campaign seeking to prevent teacher strike
Jen Walmer, head of DFER's Colorado branch, said they chose to send the text after Thursday night’s talks between the district and the union collapsed.
November 28, 2018
‘What are we supposed to feel here?’ Education reformers look for answers amid a blue wave
2018's blue wave swept in a number of politicians who campaigned against key elements of the education reform agenda. Now what?
local leadership national impact
July 18, 2018
Denver’s longtime superintendent turned the city into a national school reform favorite
Over Tom Boasberg’s nearly 10 years as Denver superintendent, he made a national impact.
July 8, 2018
Democrats for Education Reform blasts New York state’s school turnaround program
A report, issued by the local chapter of Democrats for Education Reform, argues the state’s education department has watered down its “receivership” program.
May 31, 2018
How education reform became a wedge issue among Colorado Democrats this election year
This election season has the potential to change what’s considered mainstream Democratic education policy in Colorado.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
April 20, 2018
National head of DFER after Colorado Democrats’ platform vote: ‘We’re not going anywhere’
Education reform has become an increasingly divisive issue within the Democratic Party.
All in a Name
April 14, 2018
Colorado Democrats overwhelmingly reject Democrats for Education Reform at state assembly
After booing down the head of the education reform organization, delegates voted overwhelmingly to call for the organization to no longer use “Democrats” in its name.
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
Follow the money
October 17, 2017
Groups with a stake in Colorado’s school board elections raise $1.5 million to influence them
Teachers unions and education reformers are again throwing their efforts — and money — into high-profile races in Denver, Aurora, Dougco and elsewhere.
getting to know you
August 30, 2017
Colorado conservatives are pressing Republican gubernatorial candidates on education policy. Here’s how.
The conversations are designed to help voters better understand where conservative candidates stand on policy matters such as school choice and standardized testing.
August 14, 2017
Head of Democrats for Education Reform resigned from board of Success Academy, highlighting split in charter world
It is unclear why Jeffries left the board, but he differed with Moskowitz on how to engage with the Trump administration in the aftermath of the election.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
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