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

At DFER, we staunchly believe every child is entitled to a high-quality public education. We operate in the legacy of leading Democrats—stretching from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Al Shanker and Rosa Parks—who sought to guarantee a quality public education to all students, especially those previously denied that right. We work 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.

From its inception, our nation’s public education system has been rooted in inequity, spanning lines of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, native language, zip code, and disability. For generations, our nation has distributed educational opportunity in discriminatory ways that rendered the American Dream illusory for too many children. While progress has been made, we continue to see the destructive consequences of systemic racism and discrimination within our education system.

DFER seeks to reverse these conditions and create a world where all American students—especially students of color and those mired in poverty—have access to quality schools that enable them to reach their fullest potential.

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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

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.

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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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