Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the nation's leader in advancing educational excellence for every child through quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as on-the-ground action and advocacy in Ohio. The institute advances high standards for schools, students and educators; quality education options for families; a more productive, equitable and efficient education system; and a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and excellence. They promote education reform by producing rigorous policy research and incisive analysis; building coalitions with policy makers, donors, organizations and others who share our vision; and advocating bold solutions and comprehensive responses to education challenges, even when opposed by powerful interests and timid establishments. Fordham's primary role, both nationally and in Ohio, is to frame issues, sometimes in unconventional ways; shape the terms of debate, often going against the education mainstream; identify problems that are being ignored; and offer independent, thoughtful criticism of friend and foe alike. They advocate particular policies and positions that they believe will advance educational excellence for young Americans, but are always remain willing to change direction when presented with new evidence. Currently, the main areas of focus are Implementing the Common Core, Advancing Choice, Stretching the School Dollar, Rethinking Governance, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.