About Us

DFER works to elect and support Democratic leaders who are committed to our vision for a public education system that empowers all of its students—particularly students of color, students from low-income backgrounds and other historically underserved students—to reach their limitless potential.

We, along with our affiliate organization Education Reform Now, conduct policy research and develop the innovative and bold policies that can transform the public education system. We lobby and lead campaigns to pass federal and state legislation that will advance our policy goals of increasing accountability and public school choice, improving resource equity, teacher preparedness, and making higher education more affordable for everyone.

By the Numbers


DFER Champions at the Federal, State and Local levels


Candidates Directly Supported in ’20 & ’21 Cycles

State Chapters

We fight for better public education opportunities for all students in Washington D.C. and in seven states across the country. Select a chapter below to learn more about each state chapter and their recent work on behalf of their state’s students and families.

National Staff