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Families for Excellent Schools

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Last modified: March 26, 2014, 7:50 PM


Founded in 2011 as a partnership between schools and families, Families for Excellent Schools (FES) works to build power in communities by engaging parents in the transformation of their school systems. FES's mission is to harness the power of families to advance policies and political changes that create and sustain excellent schools. As an organization, FES envisions a future where public will and public policy guarantee an excellent education for every child. FES operates Families for Excellent Schools, Inc. (a 501 (c) 3 entity) and Families for Excellent Schools-Advocacy (a 501 (c) 4 entity). Currently, FES serves 50,000 families from 75 schools in New York and Connecticut. A leading innovator in education advocacy work, FES seeks to serve three times as many families, expand to Massachusetts, and grow a national fellowship program by 2016.

In order to build the public and political will for excellent schools, FES has four core activities, which are as follows:

  • Educate and organize parents to build a grassroots base. FES manages parent training programs and grows neighborhood chapters to sustain this work.
  • Mobilize parents for political power. FES organizes more than 200 public events annually to demonstrate strength.
  • Create and cultivate coalitions. FES believes strongly in the value of community and coalition partnerships, and works to sustain collective action wherever it works.
  • Take political action. FES manages independent expenditure efforts and develops parents as candidates to impact elections.

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  • Special Projects Manager - Job

    Last updated:
    June 26, 2014
    New York, NY, US
    ORGANIZATION: Families for Excellent Schools POSITION: Special Projects Manager LOCATION: ...
  • Digital and Social Media Associate - Job

    Last updated:
    May 29, 2014
    New York, NY, US
    JOB DESCRIPTION ORGANIZATION: Families for Excellent Schools POSITION: Digital & Social Media Associate LOCATI...

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