All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.
— John F. Kennedy
A few successes...
ERN-NJ was a lead advocate during the 18-month effort to support Democratic State Senator Teresa Ruiz's groundbreaking tenure reform legislation. The legislation overhauls NJ's antiquated tenure law, replacing it with annual evaluations to ensure only effective teachers remain in the classroom.
ERN-WA helped lead the coalition that campaigned successfully for the passage of a public charter school initiative in November 2012. Not only has Washington State lifted its ban on public charter schools, but thanks to ERN's work, it now has one of the strongest charter school laws in the country.
Hundreds of Democrats attended ERN's events at the 2012 Democratic National Convention including over 100 elected officials, candidates for office, and key staffers. Mayors, state legislators and leaders in the field of education technology participated in two panel discussions, then raised a glass to celebrate DFER's 5th birthday.
In December 2012, ERN brought state-level legislators from across the country to the Bay Area to visit blended learning schools, talk with leaders in education technology, and see firsthand how innovative technology is transforming education.
ERN developed the DoneWaiting.org coalition in support of the film Waiting for Superman, representing the largest ever mobilization of national education reform organizations and individuals. ERN-CO educated the public on the importance of effective teacher evaluation systems and played a key role in the landmark teacher tenure reform law, SB 191.