Overview | Federal | Costing-Out | Facilities | Preschool | Teaching Quality | Urban Issues |
Poverty | Policy Organizations | Policy News


National Organizations

For lists of policy organizations by state, use our State-by-State map.

For a list of national advocacy organizations, see our Advocacy Organization list.

This list is divided into three sections: National Organizations, University-Based Organizations, and Regional Education Laboratories

Advancement Project

The Advancement Project describes itself as a democracy and justice action group. The organization focuses on three main areas of policy and research: opportunity to learn, power and democracy, and urban peace. The Advancement Project produces policy and legal research and analysis, and translates academic and legal language into "user-friendly" materials that are relevant to their advocacy efforts. Partnering with local communities to link external resources with concerned citizens, the Advancement Project works to advance universal opportunity and equality and access to those left behind in America. The Advancement Project also does advocacy work.

1730 M Street, NW #910
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 728-9557
Fax: (202) 728-9558

West Coast office:
Advancement Project Los Angeles
1545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 989-1300
Fax: (213) 989-1309

Alliance for Excellent Education

The stated mission of the Alliance for Excellent Education is to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. The Alliance works on both advocacy and policy and envisions a larger federal role in funding programs for at-risk students. The organization advocates for additional help for older students who struggle to read at grade level, academic counseling that encourages parental involvement, quality teachers, and school environments that foster achievement.

President: Bob Wise
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 828-0828
Fax: (202) 828-0821


Ameregis describes itself as a research and geographic information systems firm dedicated to integrating GIS, mapping, and traditional research methods to inform public and private decision-making. Working closely with their partner organization, Metropolitan Area Research Corporation (MARC), Ameregis seeks to offer unique ways to illustrate what is happening in regions across the United States on issues such as social demographics, metropolitan development, transportation, housing, alternative school and municipal aid formulas, commuting patterns and minority suburbanization.

1313 5th Street SE
Suite 108
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 379-3926
Fax: (612) 676-1457

Center on Education Policy (CEP)

The Center on Education Policy (CEP) describes itself as a non-partisan national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools. CEP strives to assist Americans in better understanding the different perspectives about the role of public education in a democracy and about the need for public-school improvement. To that end, the Center does research on related topics, including public engagement, standards-based reform, and teacher quality. The CEP website provides a multitude of resources, including publications and conference information.

1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 522
Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 822-8065
Fax: (202) 822-6008

Committee for Economic Development (CED)

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) describes itself as an independent, nonpartisan organization of business and education leaders dedicated to policy research on major economic and social issues including education reform, and the implementation of its recommendations by the public and private sectors.

2000 L St., NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 296-5860
Fax: (202) 223-0776

Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools, founded in 1956, describes itself as a coalition of over 50 of the country's largest urban public-school systems. The Council's stated mission is to promote and improve urban education through legislation, research, media relations, instruction, and other special projects. The Council aims to act as the national voice for urban educators, and to that end, it arranges conferences, conducts studies about issues of popular practice and common concern, and collaborates with other national organizations, government agencies, and corporations.

Executive Director: Michael D. Casserly
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 702
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 393-2427
Fax: (202) 393-2400

Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform

The Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform states that it is a national network of school reformers that supports efforts to create high-quality schools that ensure educational success for all urban young people. To that end, Cross City advocates for policies and practices that move authority, resources, and accountability to the school level, reconnect schools with their community, and rethink the role of school districts. Headquartered in Chicago, Cross City's membership includes parents, educators, researchers, and funders from nine major cities: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

3740 N. Lake Shore Drive Suite 3B
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Phone: 773.832.9375

The Education Policy and Leadership Center

The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) works “to encourage and support the use of more effective state-level education policies to improve student learning in grades P-12, increase the effective operation of schools, and enhance educational opportunities for citizens of all ages.” The EPLC accomplishes these goals by providing research and information, developing leadership in the schools and education agencies, and encouraging public advocacy to achieve meaningful reforms. Based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the EPLC is dedicated to improving education policy in the state of Pennsylvania, but provides research and information with national relevance.

800 North Third Street
Suite 408
Harrisburg, PA 17102
Phone: (717) 260-9900
Fax: (717) 260-9903

The Institute for Educational Equity & Opportunity

The Institute for Educational Equity & Opportunity (“IFEEO”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of educational equity and opportunity, particularly for disadvantaged public school children through legal means. The IFEEO is especially interested in fair and equitable public school finance laws. IFEEO has four main projects: (1) the study of the history of the education clause in the state constitutions of all fifty states; (2) a IFEEO Legal Fellowship and Summer Associate Award; (3) the IFEEO Educational Archives Project; (4) grants to counsel for plaintiffs for assistance with drafting an article regarding school equity and finance litigation.

Washington Office
Phone: 202-661-4652
Fax: 202-661-4699
Philadelphia Office
Phone: 215-557-6224
Fax: 215-557-9552

National Black Caucus of State Legislators

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ (NBCSL) primary mission is to develop, conduct and promote educational, research and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of its members, as they consider legislation and issues of public policy which impact, either directly or indirectly, upon "the general welfare" of African American constituents within their respective jurisdictions.

444 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 622
Washington DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624.5457
Fax: (202) 508.3826

National Clearing House for Educational Facilities (NCEF)

Created by the U.S. Department of Education, NCEF is a free public service organization that provides extensive information and publications on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools. The NCEF has an extensive list of resources and informational sources, and it provides links to news stories about educational facilities nationwide.

1090 Vermont Ave, NW
Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 289.7800
News Archive: www.ncef.org/ne/index.cfm
Website: www.edfacilities.org

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Since its founding in 1989, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislator's (NHCSL) primary mission has been to organize Hispanic state legislators who advocate on behalf of Hispanic communities across the United States, its commonwealths, and territories. Their efforts focus on advancements in education, healthcare, housing, economic development, criminal justice, and employment and job training for the Hispanic community.

444 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 404
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 434-8070
Fax: (202) 434-8072

Public Education Network (PEN)

The Public Education Network has been a long-standing, effective proponent of strong public schools nationwide, especially in low-income communities. PEN believes that "equal opportunity, access to quality public schools, and an informed citizenry are all critical components of a democratic society."

To promote what it describes as essentials for successful public education - public engagement, community support, and adequate resources - PEN was established nearly two decades ago as a national association of nonprofit, local affiliate organizations, Local Education Funds (LEFs). PEN has grown to 69 LEFs in 28 states and the District of Columbia, including, for example, the Mobile Area Education Foundation in Alabama, Forward in the Fifth in Kentucky, New Visions for Public Schools in New York City, and the Portland Schools Foundation in Oregon.

PEN's website provides a wealth of information, including links to other websites, on dozens of important education topics.

601 Thirteenth Street, NW
Suite 710 South
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 628-7460
Fax: (202) 628-1893

The State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI)

SFAI brings together nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organizations in each of 29 states. These organizations have diverse backgrounds and missions, but they share a commitment to rigorous policy analysis, responsible budget and tax policies, and a particular focus on the needs of low- and moderate-income families. The organizations broaden the debate on budget and tax policy through public education and the encouragement of civic engagement on these issues. The State Fiscal Analysis Initiative is coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

State Fiscal Analysis Initiative
820 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

The Rural School and Community Trust

The Rural School and Community Trust describes itself as a national nonprofit organization rooted in rural America that works with schools and community groups across the country. Through its Policy Building and Capacity Building Programs, it aims to improve the links between schools and rural communities to better the quality of education and community life and to affect state education policy. The Rural Trust sees itself as primarily focused on those rural communities facing historic patterns of poverty and racism or challenged by declines in population, major changes in population composition, and fundamental economic change. The Trust is the convener of the Rural Equity Collaborative, which aims to improve the equity and adequacy of school finance systems in rural communities with high poverty rates. The Trust's website provides state-by-state links to issues, projects, and rural advocacy groups.

The Trust has also established the Rural Education Finance Center (REFC), which describes itself as dedicated to improving educational opportunity for rural children by reducing inequality in state school finance systems, improving rural schools' fiscal practices, and ensuring the adequacy of rural-school funding. The REFC states that it strives to meet those goals by: building civic capacity; generating good research and monitoring existing research; and providing legal support for rural people involved in school-finance lawsuits. President: Rachel B. Tompkins

National Office:
1825 K Street NW, Suite 703
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 955-7177
Fax: (202) 955-7179

Director, Rural Education Finance Center: Gregory C. Malhoit
3344 Hillsborough Street, Suite 302
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 833-4541

University-Based Organizations

Achievement Gap Initiative
Harvard University

The Achievement Gap Initiative describes itself as a research-based response to four urgent national imperatives:
1. Increased Global Competitiveness
2. Changing National Demographics
3. Persistent Ethnic and Racial Achievement Gaps
4. The O'Connor Challenge to Affirmative Action
The initiative’s goal is to serve as a clearinghouse for research reports, information, and analysis that will closely follow and work to inform the debate over strategies for responding to increasing educational challenges.

Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Brown University

The Annenberg Institute describes itself as a policy research and technical assistance organization which focuses on developing practical solutions to the challenges of educating at-risk students. The Institute works collaboratively to provide support to urban school districts, where the Institute has recognized an unacceptable inequity in educational opportunities. It emphasizes relationships with state and local groups that can harness the strength of communities to identify and implement standards- and outcome-based education reforms. The Institute focuses on three areas of school support: Civic Supports, System Supports, and Teaching and Learning Supports.

Brown University
Box 1985
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-7990
Fax: (401) 863-1290

Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

The Warren Institute is a “multidisciplinary, collaborative venture to produce research, research-based policy prescriptions, and curricular innovation on issues of racial and ethnic justice in California and the nation.” The institute works to provide an intellectual backdrop to public discussions of race, ethnicity, and civil rights. The institute focuses on a number of topics that are intersected by these issues, endeavoring to impact public policy while maintaining a strong, independent academic project.

The Civil Rights Project
Harvard University

The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University describes its mission as to assist the renewal of the civil rights movement by providing “intellectual capital” and academic research. The Project hopes to serve as a “forum for building consensus” within the civil rights movement. It argues that progress towards eliminating the racial gaps afflicting the United States has stalled since the achievements of the 1960s, and will grow increasingly severe as the country’s minority populations continue to grow. The Project has produced numerous studies, reports, and books reflecting extensive research into the nature of the racial inequality and segregation in this country. By recognizing the challenge of correcting racial inequities, the Civil Rights Project hopes to corral the forces of many different partners and to provide a continuous flood of quality academic and policy research. The Project was initially focused on education reform, but has since branched out into numerous areas in which civil rights injustices exist.

125 Mt. Auburn Street
3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 496-6367
Fax: (617) 495-5210

Consortium for Policy Research on Education (CPRE)
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
University of Michigan
Stanford University

CPRE describes itself as a consortium of the nation's top universities that have united to improve student learning by doing research on education reform, policy, and finance. Projects include the School Finance Project, which focuses on the real cost of school improvement and the ability of schools to implement changes, and the Teacher Compensation Project, which studies alternative salary approaches that will provide teachers, both individually and as a group, with incentives to teach high standards to students, as well as with rewards for success. CPRE holds an annual Teacher Compensation Conference.

1025 West Johnson Street
Suite 653
Madison, WI 53706-1796
Phone: (608) 263-4260
Fax: (608) 263-9390

Education Justice Collaborative
University of California, Los Angeles

The Education Justice Collaborative is a coalition of about 30 grassroots, research, and advocacy organizations. The EJC allows these groups to share resources and strategies in order to maximize their impact on the educational opportunities in their communities and across the state, and specifically to ensure that these opportunities are equally accessible to students of color, low-income students and immigrant students. The group’s members include Californians for Justice, Public Advocates, and many others. EJC does not participate in any advocacy on its own behalf, but provides research assistance and support to member organizations who themselves advocate for change. The EJC is a joint program of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA) and Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (PILP).

Education Policy Studies Laboratory (EPSL)
Arizona State University, College of Education

The Educational Policy Studies Laboratory (EPSL), headquartered at Arizona State University's College of Education, conducts original research, analyzes the research of other organizations and individuals, and facilitates the implementation of innovations in areas such as student performance standards, assessments, and curriculum. It then distributes its reports to policy makers, educators, and the public. EPSL consists of five related projects, including the Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU), which conducts research on significant education topics and disseminates policy analyses and related information to policy makers and the public.

College of Education
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Box 872411
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2411
Phone: (480) 965-1886
Fax: (480) 965-0303

Education Policy Research Unit
Arizona State University

EPRU "conducts original research, provides independent analyses of research and policy documents, and facilitates the implementation of innovations in areas such as student performance standards, assessment, and curriculum. EPRU disseminates its reports, analyses, and other documents to policy makers, educators, and the public."

EPRU is also home to the The Think Tank Review Project "provides the public, policy makers, and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected think-tank publications." The project is a collaborative effort of the Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU) at Arizona State University and the Education and the Public Interest Center (EPIC) at the University of Colorado.

Education Policy Research Unit
Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Mary Lou Fulton College of Education
Box 872411
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2411
Voice: (480) 965-1886
Fax: (480) 965-0303
E-mail: epru@asu.edu

National Institute for Early Education Research
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

The National Institute for Early Education was established at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and merged with the Rutgers Center for Early Education in January 2002. The organization describes its goal as producing and communicating the knowledge base required to ensure that every American child can receive a good education at the ages of three and four. Its main priority is to provide policy makers with timely data addressing the practical problems young children face. They offer independent research-based advice and technical assistance to four primary groups: policy makers, journalists, researchers, and educators.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
120 Albany Street, Suite 500
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 932-4350
Fax: (732) 932-4360



Regional Educational Laboratories

The network of Regional Educational Laboratories, serving ten geographic regions throughout the nation, works to ensure that those involved in educational improvement at the local, state, and regional levels have access to the best available information from research and practice. The concept of Regional Educational Laboratories as a national resource for local and state benefit was implemented by Congress over three decades ago under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Chief Executive Officer: Glen Harvey
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, California 94107
Phone: 877-493-7833
Fax: 415-565-3012

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director: Dr. Carol F. Thomas
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
101 SW Main St., Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-275-9501

Senior Director: Ceri Dean
2550 S. Parker Road, Suite 500
Aurora, CO 80014
Phone: 303-337-0990
Fax: 303-337-3005

Chairman: Dr. Tony Recasner
Southwest Education Development Laboratory
211 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701-3281
Phone: 1-800-476-6861

CEO and Executive Director: Gina Burkhardt
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200
Naperville, Illinois 60563
Phone: 630-649-6500 | 800-356-2735
Fax: 630-649-6700

Executive Director: John R. Sanders
P.O. Box 5367
Greensboro, NC 27435
Phone: 336-315-7400 | 800-755-3277
Fax: 336-315-7457

President and Chief Executive Officer: Allen Arnold
P.O. Box 1348
Charleston, WV 25325-1348
Phone: 1-800-624-9120 | 304-347-0400
Fax: 304-347-0487

Executive Director: JoAnn Manning
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory at
Temple University Center for Research in
Human Development and Education
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Phone: 800-892-5550
Fax: 215-204-5130

Northeast Regional Lab (The Education Alliance at Brown University)
Executive Director: Adeline Becker
222 Richmond Street, Suite 300,
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-274-9548 | 800-521-9550 |
Fax: 401-421-7650

President and Chief Executive Officer: Tom Barlow
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1300
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-441-1300
Fax: 808-441-1385