As we have prepared for the launch of the Time to Succeed Coalition (TSC) over the past several months, we have been fortunate to have made great progress in assembling an unprecedentedly broad range of education and civic leaders to agree to join us as founding signatories. At a time of too much division and strife, we are pleased to bring an impressive roster of over 100 founding signatories from all backgrounds, from teachers unions to business leaders, from civil rights leaders to academics, from charter leaders to community organizers, from practitioners to parents.
Many of these prominent leaders come from very different perspectives and may disagree on other issues. In fact, they may even disagree on the specifics of the implementation of expanded learning time at the local level. But what they all agree on, across the board and across the spectrum, is that the time for debate on this issue is over. Children in high-poverty schools need more time in order to succeed in school and beyond. That’s why prominent mayors including Michael Bloomberg, Rahm Emanuel, Cory Booker, and Thomas Menino signed on. That’s why former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee joined TSC as a founding signatory. That’s why Randi Weingarten and Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the two national teachers’ unions, have joined the coalition along with the leaders of some of our nation’s largest charter school leaders, such as KIPP’s Dave Levin, Mike Feinberg and Richard Barth and Evan Rudall of Uncommon Schools.
That’s why bold thinkers and reformers like Stanford Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, Harlem Children’s Zone’s Geoffrey Canada, Harvard Professor Howard Gardner, NYU Professor Pedro Noguera, and Teach for America’s Wendy Kopp, signed on to the coalition along with America Achieve’s Jon Schnur, Citizen Schools’ Eric Schwarz, Be the Change’s Alan Khazei and the Center for American Progress’ John Podesta.
That’s why school superintendents from countless districts have signed on, including Dennis Walcott (NYC), Kaya Henderson (D.C.), Jean-Claude Brizard (Chicago), Terry Grier (Houston), Carol Johnson (Boston), John Deasy (LA), Tom Boasberg (Denver), Jeff Smith (Balsz, AZ), Meg Mayo-Brown (Fall River, MA), and Karl Springer (Oklahoma City), just to name a few. They are joined by Dan Domenech, the Executive Director of the American Association of School Superintendents.
The diversity of this coalition also extends beyond the traditional education thought leaders. Business leaders such as Netflix Founder Reed Hastings and legendary investor Peter Lynch have joined us. Civil rights leaders, including the President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Wade Henderson, NAACP President Ben Jealous, National Council of La Raza Janet Murguia, and MALDEF’s Tom Saenz have all joined as well. The list goes on and on – with over 100 leaders, we can’t list them all here. But you can view our full signatory list here.
The coalition isn’t just about big names or prominent thinkers, though. The real power of this movement comes from the countless parents, teachers, and community activists that have joined TSC. This coalition is about bringing together voices from every town, every city, and every state in America – voices of men and women, teachers and administrators, parents and students, Democrats and Republicans – all of whom are uniting to declare in one voice: it’s time to give all of our children the time to succeed in school and beyond.