Expanding Innovation & Opportunity in American Education

CER started in 1993 with a simple premise—to achieve excellence in education. The first laws supporting charter schools, school choice offerings and even state standards were owing to CER’s leadership.

By 2016, it had become increasingly clear that the laudable goals of the education reforms we helped to achieve—providing for more and better options for students and families, higher standards and teacher quality initiatives—was simply not enough for the millions of Americans at all levels lacking access to relevant, rigorous and ready-access education.

While our ideas, our schools, our policies helped to reform most systems, it was not and is still not enough. Thus in 2016 we sought to redefine the efforts we lead, expanding our focus to ensure that we create every opportunity possible to expose learners at all levels, from K through Career, to the best innovations America can provide, a goal we know from our history is boundless.

Our Story & Impact

Take a short journey through CER’s first quarter-century—a run of innovation, confrontation, milestones, progress, and relentless advocacy for children and families.

Use the arrow (lower right corner) to advance

Indeed, education isn’t the end goal, it’s the anchor to happiness and economic prosperity.

Thus, we put our experience, our network, our assets, and our passion to work daily to achieve our Mission:

To expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, particularly our youth, ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

Our vision foresees a nation that enables broad and lasting quality educational opportunities that secure the freedom and future prosperity of all citizens.

Whether we’re steering media outreach to generate publicity, producing events in pivotal markets, interfacing with lawmakers, or connecting innovators and their products with investors and schools to accelerate their impact, our focus is simple: to give learners at all levels the opportunity to shape their education.

This brief video, from our 20th anniversary 5 years ago, will help you understand the breadth and depth of CER’s footprint on educational change in America.

CER’s Goals, Programs, Activities & Successes
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