Model & Strategy

SFER (Students for Education Reform) is a student-led movement that champions educational equity for all children, regardless of race or background. SFER organizes students to be a powerful force for K-12 education policy and political change, through campus chapters that work at the national, state, and local levels to advocate for great teachers and quality school choices for all kids.

SFER’s advocacy work and campus organizing are guided by their student-written statement of principles that articulates — from a student perspective — the changes they believe are necessary to achieve educational equity in the United States.

At a Glance
Founded: 2011
Social Justice
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest
Students for Education Reform
21 West 46th Street
Suite 1102
New York, NY 10036
Closing the education opportunity gap through transformative student organizing
Meet Alexis Morin and Catharine Bellinger

Alexis Morin is the co-founder and Executive Director of Students for Education Reform, a nonprofit that organizes college students into a force to change K-12 education policy and politics. SFER has trained thousands of college students as grassroots organizers. Previously, Alexis served as special assistant to Norman Atkins, co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education. She’s worked at DC Public Schools and served on her hometown school board in Northborough, MA. Alexis and her co-founder were named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30: Education list in 2012 and 2013 and TIME’s list of 12 Education Activists to Watch in 2012.

Co-founder Catharine currently serves as founding State Director of the Washington, D.C. branch of Democrats forEducation Reform.  Catherine received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

IMPACT

SFER student organizers won 3 major victories for students in 2016. SFER Minnesota members championed improvements to the higher education remedial courses that students must take when high schools do not deliver on the promise of college preparation. SFER North Carolina supported the passage of a diversity-driven magnet plan that includes policy changes to increase access and options for low-income families. In SFER Northern California,members influenced the superintendent search leading to a bold new reform-minded leader.

 

SFER has an 8,000+ student network at 93 college campus chapters. Over two-thirds of our student members are students of color, over 80 percent are from low-income and working-class households, and one-third are the first in their family to go to college.

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