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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