About the Alliance

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The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is a national alliance of parent, youth and community organizations and labor groups fighting for educational justice and equity in access to school resources and opportunities. Together, we represent all students, particularly those from low-income and working-class communities and neighborhoods of color.

We are parents, students, teachers, educational support professionals and community members united around a shared vision for supporting and improving our public schools. We value the input of all stakeholders in our nation’s schools, particularly the voices of community members, teachers and other public school workers who for far too long have been excluded from the decision-making process.

We believe strong public schools create strong communities, and we are committed to working together to reclaim the promise of public education as our nation's gateway to a strong democracy and racial and economic justice. The future of public education stands at a critical crossroads. Now, more than ever, access to good public schools is a critical civil and human right. The answer to delivering on the promise of equal opportunity lies in strengthening, not dismantling or privatizing, public education. 

Historically, our nation has struggled to provide all students with the educational resources they need to succeed. Six decades after the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, our public schools are still separate and still unequal. To mark the 60th anniversary, we are calling for our policymakers to recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in that U.S. Supreme Court decision. 

National Organizations in the Alliance Include:

Alliance for Educational Justice

American Federation of Teachers

Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Center for Popular Democracy

Gamaliel Network

Journey for Justice Alliance

League of United Latin American Citizens

National Education Association

Service Employees International Union

Schott Foundation for Public Education