The Good School Promise

ConnCan is probably the most effective state-based education advocacy organization.  Education policy is particularly complicated in CT with a legacy of strong local control (e.g., the state provides less than 40% of funding).  But ConnCan has boiled the problem down to a simple and powerful mission:

We will not rest until every child in our state, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, has access to a great public school. 

The Good School Promise should be central to federal, state, and local education policy.  It implies, measurement, accountability, choice, and the capacity to improve or replace failing schools. 

There was a well-deserved reception last night for founder and Chairman, Jon Sackler.  As an early investor in CMO Achievement First, Jon’s philanthropy and advocacy is a great example of a regional philanthropist/activist—creating great new schools and improving public policy. 

Let’s make the ConnCan good school promise a reality.


Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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