Education Cities is a nonprofit network of 31 city-based organizations in 24 cities working to dramatically increase the number of great public schools across the country.


Our members are nonprofit organizations that create and coordinate ecosystems that foster the growth of high-quality public schools in their respective cities.


We believe that all students can succeed if given access to great public schools. We believe that schools can succeed if educators are empowered to make key decisions in their classrooms and schools. And we believe that school systems can succeed when schools operate with autonomy while being held accountable for strong student results.

Yet, despite decades of reform, documented best practices, and the efforts of generations of talented educators, superintendents, and central office staff, school systems continue to resist change and often serve children and families poorly.

School systems were designed for a simpler age, when a high-school education could secure a stable future. Today, we ask more of our schools. And while times have changed, most school systems have not. When addressing the challenges of education, simply put: it’s not the people, it’s the system.

We want to change these systems to ensure great public schools for all our children. To do so, we build the capacity of our network members to invest in the growth of great schools, recruit and support talented teachers and principals, engage their communities and advance pro-children policies.