50CAN

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50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now
50CAN Logo-RGB.jpg
Founded 2011
Founder Marc Porter Magee
Focus Education advocacy
Location
  • 1625 K Street NW
    Washington D.C. 20006
    United States
Staff
40+
Slogan Locally led, nationally supported.
Website www.50CAN.org

50CAN (The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now) is a nonprofit education advocacy group founded in January 2011 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States[1] According to its website, 50CAN's mission is to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address.[2] The organization aims to find, connect and support local leaders in states across the country to help them improve educational policies in their communities.

History[edit]

50CAN grew out of ConnCAN and was incubated inside the Connecticut nonprofit in 2010 before being formally spun off as an independent organization in 2011.[3] Marc Porter Magee left his role as ConnCAN COO to become 50CAN's first president, later becoming the organization's CEO.[citation needed] 50CAN currently has a staff of over 40 full-time employees and runs education campaigns in seven states.[citation needed]

Affiliate Offices[edit]

50CAN currently operates policy campaigns in seven states: Minnesota (MinnCAN), Maryland (MarylandCAN), New York (NYCAN), Pennsylvania (PennCAN), Rhode Island (RI-CAN), North Carolina (CarolinaCAN) and New Jersey (JerseyCAN) and has run fellowships in Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Oakland, San Francisco, Virginia, and Wisconsin.[4] In 2016, it announced it would grow to additional states by merging with StudentsFirst, the group founded by Michelle Rhee, and that former StudentsFirst chapters would retain their branding within their states.[5][6]

Trainings[edit]

50CAN offers several programs to engage local leaders in the education advocacy movement, including the Education Advocacy Fellowship,[7] YouCAN,[8] Education Policy 101[9] and Education Advocacy Essentials.

In the fall of 2015, 50CAN published The 50CAN Guide to Building Advocacy Campaigns: 2nd Edition on iBooks and Kindle.[10]

Campaigns[edit]

To date, 50CAN has run 74 advocacy campaigns across seven states and achieved 47 policy victories for public school children and their families.[11]

50CAN counts among its policy achievements a large-scale expansion of preschool in Minnesota, an historic $282 million increase in teacher salaries in North Carolina, the opening of Achievement First public charter schools in Rhode Island and overhauling the teacher tenure system in New York.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.50can.org/what-we-do/history
  2. ^ http://50can.org/about/mission-vision
  3. ^ "History | 50CAN". 50can.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  4. ^ http://50can.org/who-we-are/cans
  5. ^ Keiberleber, Mark (29 March 2016). "The 74 Exclusive: Ed Reform Groups StudentsFirst and 50CAN to Merge". The 74. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Resmovitz, Joy (29 March 2016). "Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst will merge with education advocacy group 50Can". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "About the Fellowship | 50CAN". 50can.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  8. ^ "YouCAN Advocates | 50CAN". 50can.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Ed Policy 101 | 50CAN". 50can.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  10. ^ "50CAN Guidebook | 50CAN". 50can.org. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  11. ^ http://50can.org/our-states/results
  12. ^ http://www.50can.org/what-we-do/results

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