In September 2014, Education Post publicly launched by calling for “a different conversation about public education and what our children need.”
Our mission is straightforward: Through traditional and social media, we make it safe for people to publicly advocate for needed change in our schools.
To that end, we work to elevate authentic voices in the reform movement, particularly those of color with the most at stake who have often been marginalized in the rush to drive reform. We promote reform success, challenge falsehoods, acknowledge shortcomings, and defend our allies.
Our goal is to facilitate a more balanced, informed and productive debate that seeks a common understanding of what actually improves student outcomes. We hold ourselves to a high standard of civility and honesty and ask the same of others.
In our first two years, we published thousands of blog posts, tweets, videos and op-eds featuring thousands of different voices with a wide range of views: parents, teachers, students, education reformers and people opposed to reform have published on our flagship blog, affiliated blogs and scores of other media platforms from national outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post to regional and trade publications.
As we enter year three, we remain deeply committed to core reform policies, including accountability and choice, believing both are needed to improve public education for communities suffering from inequity and low performance.
We are grateful to our funders, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Family Foundation, Emerson Collective, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.
We are grateful to our many partners across America who collaborate with us to improve public education.
Above all, we are grateful to the men and women who do the hard work every day of educating our students. Whether they agree with us or not on policy issues, educators are doing society’s most important work and we owe them our deepest respect and appreciation.
Looking ahead, Education Post will continue to develop and lift the voices of those with the most at stake in our system of education: students, parents and teachers. We further believe every citizen, employer, homeowner and taxpayer has a stake in our educational outcomes even if they don’t personally use the public school system, and their voices should be heard.
More than any other issue, education can unite America and help fulfill the promise of our democracy.
To that end, we affirm our tagline—“better conversation, better education”—and we invite you to listen in and speak up.