The Columbia Group is a collective of seven organizations located throughout the Southeast, dedicated to communicating the central role that better education plays in the future of their states and recommending and implementing ways to ensure that education in these states is in fact better. It is true that there are a few education advocacy organizations based in other states throughout the country. It is also true that there exist successful education reform efforts rooted in business involvement in community issues, notably the Business Roundtable groups. But nowhere else has a group of state-based education organizations strategically joined forces to create an active network and to begin to forge a regional agenda for education reform.
Alabama - A+ Education Partnership
Georgia - Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Kentucky - Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Louisiana - Education's Next Horizon
Mississippi - Mississippi First
North Carolina - Public School Forum of North Carolina
Tennessee - Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
Accelerating the Pace, a new report and poll results call for more improvements in education in the South and show strong support among Southerners for such changes. Click the links below to read the report, poll results, and more.
Fact Sheet: The Education Poll of the South
Key Findings: More details from poll results