StudentsFirst California

  • CA


Los Angeles
United States

About Us

Our mission is to build a national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform, so that America has the best education system in the world.

America's schools are failing our kids. On this point, the data is clear. While some people blame the kids, or simply want to throw more money at the problem, we know that real change requires a better system — one that puts students' needs before those of special interests or wasteful bureaucracies.

To succeed in our mission, we're working with parents, teachers, administrators, and citizens across the country to ensure great teachers, access to great schools, and effective use of public dollars. Together, we'll demand that legislators, courts, district administrators, and school boards create and enforce policies that put students first. We'll make sure politicians and administrators recognize and reward excellent teachers, give novice teachers the training they need, and quickly improve or remove ineffective educators. We'll work to ensure that every family has a number of options for excellent schools to attend, so that getting into a great school becomes a matter of fact, not luck. And we'll make sure all Americans understand that our schools are not only an anchor for our communities, but an absolute gateway to our national prosperity and competitive standing in the world economy.

We Believe: Great teachers can make a tremendous difference for students of every background; all children deserve outstanding teachers.

Inside our schools, a great teacher is the single most important factor in a child's education. While there are many factors that influence a student's opportunity to learn, a great teacher can help any student overcome those barriers and realize their full potential. For this reason, we believe in doing everything we can to make sure teachers are supported and all schools are able to hire and retain the best teachers possible.

We Believe: We Believe: Every child, regardless of their zip code, deserves to attend a great school; all families should have quality school options available.

In too many cities and neighborhoods, parents are unable to enroll their kids in the best public schools -- there just aren't enough seats. We're working to make sure all families have a range of high quality schools to choose from, because our kids shouldn't have to rely on a lottery or the ZIP Code of their home to get a great education.

We Believe: Public dollars belong where they make the biggest difference—on effective instructional programs; we must fight ineffective practices and bureaucracy.

Tax dollars should go toward programs that help our kids learn, ensure their long-term success, accurately evaluate effectiveness, and produce results — not layers of bureaucracy that only serve to protect the needs of special interests.

We Believe: Parent and family involvement is vital to increased student achievement, but the quality of our schools has an impact on the entire community; we all must be engaged in the effort to improve our schools.

Parental engagement is critical to ensuring student success, so we'll work to empower parents and help families get more involved in their child’s education. But lasting reform requires that whole communities get involved in the fight for better schools. Without a widespread, concerted movement that engages broad-based support, we will be unable to make the bold changes our schools need to succeed.

If you agree with our mission, and want to help transform education in your community and throughout America, join us.