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Read about his funders here.

In the current campaign, he has the support of 18 billionaires, including Bill Gates.


The Network for Public Education Action is grading the presidential candidates.

If you want to keep track, read here.

“For an explanation of why the candidates received the grades they did, click on their names to the left.”

Ratings may change as candidates express their views.

If you attend a town hall and learn more about a candidate’s views, let us know.

Contact Darcie Cimarusti, Research Associate, NPE Action at

NPE Action is helping allies fight for their public schools across the country!

We are turning the tide against privatization!

We need your help!

The Tide is Turning But We Need Your Help

The narrative is shifting.

As candidates jockey for position, public education issues are no longer relegated to soundbites. Major media outlets are reaching out to NPE Action to better understand why candidates are backing away from charters schools. Our NPE Action articles about the role of education policy in the 2020 election have run in The New York Daily News and The Progressive.

We need your support to continue to change the conversation and move our issues forward.

A donation of $20 helps us update the 2020 Presidential Candidates Project. Reporters have used the report as a resource to track the candidates’ positions on our issues.

A donation of $50 helps NPE Action continue to endorse candidates who will fight for our issues at the federal, state and local levels.

A donation of $100 helps us produce reports like Hijacked by Billionaires: How the Super Rich Buy Elections to Undermine Our Public Schools. That report exposed how money floods into elections to subvert the democratic process and spread corporate education reform.

A donation of $250 or more will help us bring advocates from coast to coast together in Philadelphia for our 6th National Conference. We hope you’ll join us for that conference and that you’ll consider submitting a panel to share the work you are doing in yourcommunity to keep your public schools alive.

And a recurring monthly donation of any amount becomes the income we can depend on to issue Action Alerts when we need to let our legislators know where we stand.

In her new book, Slaying Goliath, Diane has called us “the Resisters,” the volunteer army “fighting back to successfully keep alive their public schools.” 

We simply can’t continue this work without contributions from “resisters” like you. Please give what you can today.

Here are the new members of the board of NPE Action. This is the board that endorses candidates in political races and engages in educational activity to heighten awareness of the importance of protecting and improving public education for all our children.

Please welcome Sue Legg, Dountonia Batts, and Dan Greenberg!

They are a remarkable threesome, with deep experience in Florida, Indiana, and Ohio.

You can help our work by donating now–any amount, from $1 to $1 million (you could be the first person ever to make a seven-figure donation to NPE Action!).

We are not the plaything of the plutocrats.

We are educators, parents, students, and other citizens fighting against privatization and in favor of great public schools for all!


The Network for Public Education is delighted to endorse Paula Setser-Kissik for the State Senate in Kentucky. 

We review the qualifications and policies of every candidate we endorse.

The only way to change state and federal policy is to elect well qualified people who understand the importance of good public schools for all.

NPE Action is proud to announce that it has endorsed Paula Setser-Kissik for the state senate of Kentucky. Paula is one of three pro-public education, female candidates in that state who we have endorsed.  Paula’s campaign message is as follows:

Kentucky must invest in public education and stabilize public employee pensions through comprehensive and fair tax reform and alternative sources of revenue, as well as elect pro-public education candidates who will protect public education and not be influenced by outside interests.

When we asked her what policy changes she would propose, this is what she said:

I would like to see policies that enforce funding for education and pensions, decrease testing and destructive school competition, and increased options for true public schools (not charters) to be more flexible and innovative to meet the needs of their districts. I’d also like to get rid of Kentucky’s charter law that is due to take effect later this year.

Paula’s viewpoints are well aligned with the positions supported by NPE Action. She is opposed to using test scores to evaluate teachers; she wants to reduce the role of testing in schools; she believes in smaller class sizes and she understands the importance of protecting the rights of teachers.

Paula told us, “Public education provided both sides of my family with a path out of poverty, and both of my parents are retired educators. I’m very passionate about the need for traditional public education in a democratic society.”

And so are we. We hope you support Paula Setser-Kissick when you cast your vote. If she is elected she will represent District 12 of the Kentucky State Senate. The primary election is being held on May 22, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

You can post this endorsement with this link

Thank you,

Carol Burris

Executive Director, NPE Action

Pol. adv. by the Network for Public Education Action



The Network for Public Education Action Fund endorses Elizabeth Markowitz for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education.  

The Network for Public Education Action is pleased to announce its strong support for Elizabeth (Eliz) Markowitz for the Texas State Board of Education, District 7. Dr. Markowitz is a highly qualified candidate. She told us, “I’ve been an educator at various public Texas institutions for the past 15 years, have authored and co-authored a number of books focused on various academic subjects, worked with future school teachers to prepare them for the classroom, and received my doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction – Learning, Design, and Technology.”

Her stand on our issues is certainly aligned. Her priorities are curriculum reform, improving the way we attract, train, and retain educators, and revising the Texas approach to standardized testing. She believes in community governance of schools and small class sizes. Here is what she had to say regarding vouchers and charters:

I do not support “school choice” schemes that use public school funds to support charter, private, or sectarian schools. I believe that public tax money should only be used to support a system of free public schools, and I oppose the implementation of school voucher or tax credit programs that harm the Texas public school system both financially and academically. The rise of charter schools in Texas has led to increasing inequity in the education of our youth, as it benefits the affluent and harms the underprivileged. I have not advocated for a charter school.

For all of the above and more, we give our strong support to Elizabeth Markowitz. Please be sure to vote for her in November.

You can find a copy of the this endorsement here:

Carol Burris

Executive Director of NPE Action

Pol. adv. by NPE Action

Donations to NPE Action (a 501(c)(4)) are not tax deductible, but they are needed to lobby and educate the public about the issues and candidates we support.

Please make a donation today.



The Network for Public Action Fund endorses Khem Irby for School Board in District 6, Guilford County, North Carolina.

Khem Irby has received the Network for Public Education Action’s endorsement for the District 6 seat on the Guilford County School Board in North Carolina. Khem’s background in education and advocacy makes her an ideal candidate for the board.

She currently works as an elementary after-school teacher, and serves as the Secretary for the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Educational Support Personnel. Khem is also President of the Board of Parents Across America (PAA), a national non-profit grassroots organization that connects public school parents across the country.

Khem told NPE Action that her highest priority would be to make decisions that are student-centered, giving priority to those with the greatest need. She is committed to developing policies that will put schools on a path of ending the school-to-prison pipeline.

Based on her own experiences as a mother, Khem supports a nation-wide moratorium on all charter schools. She said that as a former charter school parent who witnessed too many disparities in charter schools in New York City, she can not support this model of schooling. Similarly, her position on virtual learning is informed by her own experiences. From watching her own child participate in the virtual learning process, she concluded that this it is not the best option for students.

She told us that these programs “take away from the many to give to the few, therefore, I cannot support them,” adding that “we must strive to demand that every public school is a great school and choice.”

To win a seat on the Guilford County School Board, Khem must face a Democratic challenger in the primary on May 8th, and if successful, she will face a Republican challenger on November 6th. Please support Khem in her primary campaign, and ensure she gets on the general election ballot.

Please join me at the Annual Conference of the Network for Public Education in Oakland, California, from October 13-15.

It is a chance to meet some of your favorite education warriors.

Make friends, make common cause.

Join us!

The billionaires are circling the Los Angeles public schools again, trying to gain control of the school board so they can shift half the students into privately managed charter schools that are free to pick the students they want and kick out the ones they don’t want.

They have targeted Steve Zimmer, the current president of the Los Angeles Unified School District, as a barrier to their insidious plans.

The Network for Public Education Action Fund enthusiastically endorses Steve Zimmer for re-election. He came in first in the primaries with nearly 48% of the vote against several competitors. Now, he is running against the runner-up, who has been funded by the privatizers of the California Charter School Association.

If you live in District 4 in Los Angeles, please volunteer to help Steve. If you don’t, please send him a contribution so he can get his message out.

School board elections are notorious for low turnout. Help Steve reach parents and concerned citizens.

Stop the billionaire putsch!

No state is more in need of advocates for children and public schools in its legislature than Florida.

The Florida legislature at present is in the pockets or the hands (or both) of the privatization lobby. It enacts bill after bill to outsource its schools to private companies, many operating for profit. It pours millions into failing charter schools and failing voucher schools. It authorizes crooked operators and funds charters that never open. It enacts legislation that demoralizes and harms its teachers. Hurting teachers hurts children.

It is time for a change.

That is why the NPE Action Fund proudly endorses Rick Roach, a champion for public schools, who is running for a seat in the Florida State Senate.

If you live in District 13, please help Rick get elected. If you don’t, consider sending him a contribution.

Rick is the school board member in Orange County who took the state standardized test and wrote about it.

“I won’t beat around the bush. The math section had 60 questions. I knew the answers to none of them, but managed to guess ten out of the 60 correctly. On the reading test, I got 62% . In our system, that’s a ‘D,’ and would get me a mandatory assignment to a double block of reading instruction.

“It seems to me something is seriously wrong. I have a bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours toward a doctorate. I help oversee an organization with 22,000 employees and a $3 billion operations and capital budget, and am able to make sense of complex data related to those responsibilities….

“It might be argued that I’ve been out of school too long, that if I’d actually been in the 10th grade prior to taking the test, the material would have been fresh. But doesn’t that miss the point? A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took.”