In 2017, I’m going to join a book club, grow more plants, and start taking my cats for walks. (Just kidding on that last one; they’d disown me.) Like me, I’m sure you have New Year’s resolutions.
A new year is a fresh start – a time to set goals for improvement, whether that’s improving ourselves, our lives, or the world around us. At Stand, we aim to improve the odds for public school students by helping to enact smart education policies that make success more attainable for all.
So here are some of Stand’s 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:
- We’re going to address teacher effectiveness through campaigns centered on increasing teacher salaries, providing teacher “residencies” and coaching, improving teacher preparation, and more.
- We’re going to work hard to make sure children are reading on-grade level by decreasing absenteeism, pushing for dedicated funding for early reading intervention, and following through on state compliance with past reading initiatives.
- We’re going to keep fighting to expand access to quality pre-K in many of our states by working to get adequate funding set aside for pre-K programs.
- We’re going to keep working, in several states, on advancing and improving low-performing schools through plans that use data reporting, research, innovation, and options to raise performance.
- We’re going to continue to level the playing field for students by supporting bills and budgets that decrease huge school funding discrepancies, help recovery from severe budget cuts, and expand options for students to increase graduation rates.
Clearly, we’ve got a lot to do in the coming year, much of it a continuation of work we started in 2016. But with your continued support and action, we can accomplish so much for students.
Do you have any 2017 resolutions for your children? Share with us in the comments below!