Mission: To ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. (continued on schedule o)to make that happen, we: 1) educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent schools; 2) advocate for effective local, state and national education policies and investments; 3) ensure that policies and funding we advocate for reach classrooms and help students; 4) elect courageous leaders who will stand up for our priorities.
Programs: Our oklahoma program was the largest of 11 state-level programs stand for children operated in 2014. Stand for children oklahoma worked with partners to override the governors veto of hb 2625 - the third grade reading retention law. Stand for children oklahoma also helped pass its "make computer science count" bill, enabling students who take rigorous computer science coding classes to receive math credit for graduation. Stand for children oklahoma also attempted to protect the common core state standards but was unsuccessful in defeating the anti-common core legislation.
our arizona program was the second largest of 11 state-level programs stand for children operated in 2014. Stand for children arizona worked to protect the common core state standards and aligned assessments. Stand for children arizona helped pass its "make computer science count bill, enabling students who take rigorous computer science coding classes to receive math credit for graduation.
our indiana program was the third largest of 11 state-level programs stand for children operated in 2014. Stand for children indiana worked to expand student access to high-quality schools in indianapolis, championing hea 1321, which gives the indianapolis public schools superintendent authority and flexibility to turn around poor performing schools. Stand for children indiana also helped draft and pass hea 1388, which raises the bar for entry into indianas public and private colleges of education and increases accountability for teacher preparation programs.
stand operates programs in 8 additional states colorado, illinois, louisiana, massachusetts, oregon, tennessee, texas, and washington.