All children have an equal opportunity to attend an adequately and equitably financed public school that offers comprehensive educational and related services to prepare them for success in higher education and in the 21st century workforce. The Partnership supports:
- Adequate and equitable financing for all public schools
- Highly qualified teachers prepared and motivated to teach all children regardless of their ability and background
- Individualized educational opportunities to meet children’s special education needs
- Attendance at schools that utilize research based strategies such as full-day kindergarten and small class size to improve student achievement
- Early detection and remediation for struggling students to prevent school failure and reduce school dropouts
- Strong education and career guidance
- Schools that are part of their communities and take a whole child focus meeting not only children’s cognitive needs but their physical, behavioral, and emotional development
- After school and youth development programs that meet youth needs and provide them with an opportunity to explore careers and participate in work based learning opportunities
- Re-engagement strategies for out-of-school youth to help them take the steps necessary to complete their high school education
Every state has its own laws, policies and program that affect schools and children’s success in school. As a result, Partnership for America’s Children members work to improve children’s school success in a wide variety of ways. Below are some of the approaches our members have taken recently to ensure that all children get a good education and are prepared for higher education and the 21st century workforce, and initiatives that have been successful.
Colorado Children's Campaign led an initiative to rewrite the state's broken school finance formula, which resulted in a ballot initiative to increase school funding.
Connecticut Voices for Children’s Unequal Schools report shows that persistent residential segregation concentrates many of Connecticut’s students of color and low-income students in a small number of schools, with the least access to critical educational resources like small class sizes and more experienced teachers.
Advocates for Children and Youth in Maryland led the successful effort to end the zero-tolerance rule in school discipline. It also worked to pass legislation that established a $1.8 billion construction fund for Baltimore City public schools and increased funding for school breakfast by $6M.
CHILDREN AT RISK of Texas devised the message frame that persuaded the Texas legislature to pass a universal free breakfast bill. It also advocated successfully for the creation of the Extended Learning Opportunity Council in order to improve academic achievement.