About Us

This is Who We Are

We are a national political organization that supports elected Democrats and candidates for office who seek to expand policies and practices that work well for America’s students, and to confront those that do not.  We are education progressives who will always prioritize students and families, especially low-income students and students of color who should be better served by our country’s public education system.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that the Democratic Party, consistent with its progressive values, pursues education policies that enable all students, particularly students from low-income families and students of color, to obtain a globally competitive education that empowers them to fulfill their limitless potential. To do that, we are building a durable network of Democratic champions, allies, and supporters across the political and policymaking arenas to expand what works and change what is broken in the public education system, with the interests of students and families at the center of everything we do.

Our Principles

We are guided by the values of equalizing opportunity and empowering local communities, anchored in the needs and voices of the communities we serve. We operate in the legacy of leading Democrats — stretching from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Rosa Parks and Al Shanker—who sought to guarantee a quality public education to all students, especially those low-income students and students of color who were most in need.

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.

– Barack Obama

What We Fight For

We fight for education funding to be distributed in a more equitable way, so that it goes to the schools and students who need it most.

We seek to better prepare teachers so that more students receive the high-quality public education they deserve.

We support high standards because our students should be prepared to compete effectively in a world that is undergoing constant change.

We believe in effective accountability so that we know what is and isn’t working and can make better plans in real time to improve student learning and close achievement gaps.

We believe that all families should be able to send their children to the public school that best meets their child’s needs.

We are sounding the alarm on the moral imperative to make quality higher education more accessible and affordable so that more people can earn a college degree because it is a key to higher earning potential and better life opportunities for all. 

How We Do It

We invest in Democratic candidates who will buck the status quo and fight for the policies that will improve our schools so that all children have access to a high-quality public education. 

We conduct policy research and develop the innovative and bold policies that can transform the public education system so that American students — particularly low-income students and students of color — will be better served.

We lobby and lead campaigns to pass federal and state legislation that will advance our policy goals of increasing accountability, improving resource equity, better prepares teachers, increases public school choice and makes higher education more affordable.

Support Us

Democrats for Education Reform aims to return the Democratic Party to its rightful place as a champion of children, foremost, in America’s public schools. We support Democrat elected leaders and candidates for office who seek to support education policies that work for students, particularly our most vulnerable, and confront boldly those policies that do not.


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