Our Common Core Project aims to educate the public, policymakers and the media about the need to ensure that these high and consistent standards are implemented equitably to help improve the education that students of color, Native students, low-income students, students with disabilities and English learners are currently receiving.
In an economy with widening income inequality and persistent poverty, there are many concrete steps that the nation can and must take to begin to turn the tide. We work to inform key stakeholders about economic security policy solutions that will help close gaps and increase opportunities for communities facing persistent disadvantage, including vulnerable children and families of color.
Voting rights are one of the key pillars of democracy. The ability to vote—to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, communities, and country—is at the core of what it means to be an American.
Access to communications and technology is vital to thriving in our nation’s 21st century economy. Our work includes ensuring that new technologies further, not hinder, civil rights protections, and expanding media diversity and access to broadband.

Highlights of Recent Work

The Education Fund co-convened, with Americans for Financial Reform and Georgetown Law Center’s Center on Privacy and Technology, a conference on “Big Data, Civil Rights, and Lending.” The conference focused on the benefits and risks of new data usage for vulnerable communities; and addressed how advocates, industry, and regulators could promote data practices that are beneficial for vulnerable communities and more closely scrutinize practices that may be harmful.

As part of our ongoing work to support the work of local and state-level organizations to advance strategies for educational equity, The Education Fund has developed a new toolkit specifically designed to help activists better understand the education system and how to push for it to be more responsive and responsible for the needs of the most vulnerable students.

The Education Fund builds capacity to engage in public education at the local and state level throughout the year. On September, we held the latest in a series of coalition communications and spokesperson trainings for our partners in South Carolina. Working with the Hispanic Alliance of South Carolina, we were able to train nearly 20 activists in conducting communications strategies in a coalition and in the basics of being an effective spokesperson. We work with media training expert Joel Silberman to conduct these trainings.