FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2023
The Campaign for Our Shared Future Calls for Bipartisan Commitment to Child-Centered Education
Anti-equity extremists got schooled by leaders committed to helping all students succeed
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) Executive Director, Heather Harding, Ed.D. released the following statement calling for a bipartisan commitment to strengthening our public schools and condemning efforts to politicize our children's classrooms:
“Last night, the president reminded us that we became the best-educated, best-prepared nation in the world when we made 12 years of public education universal. Yet, across the country there has been a deeply concerning rise in politically-charged culture wars being channeled through our nation’s public schools. Opportunistic politicians are taking advantage of families’ frustrations coming out of the pandemic to push their extremist agendas into our childrens’ classrooms. Arkansas Governor Sanders called education the “civil rights issue of our time” — which is why we need all elected officials focused on the real needs of our students and families.
“Our education system was designed and must be maintained to fundamentally meet the needs of kids, parents, and educators on a local level. Last night, we heard why these individual education decisions shouldn’t be determined by politicians in Washington or state capitals, but instead by the parents and teachers who are working together in the best interest of our students.
“The goal of these political extremists is to undermine trust in public education, and eventually, our democracy. We must not allow them to overwhelm our teachers and families. Our leaders must recommit themselves to protecting the partnership between parents and teachers in order to give our children the tools they need to succeed.”
The Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) is a non-partisan effort to support high quality K-12 education and preserve access, inclusion, and meaningful content in our schools so that every student has an opportunity to succeed and thrive. COSF is a common ground effort committed to fighting the attack on education across the country.