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Founded  2011
Focus  Education advocacy
Founder  Marc Porter Magee
Staff  40+
Location  1625 K Street NW Washington D.C. 20006 United States
Slogan  Locally led, nationally supported.

50CAN (The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now) is a nonprofit education advocacy group founded in January 2011 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States According to its website, 50CAN's mission is to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address. The organization aims to find, connect and support local leaders in states across the country to help them improve educational policies in their communities.



50CAN grew out of ConnCAN and was incubated inside the Connecticut nonprofit in 2010 before being formally spun off as an independent organization in 2011. Marc Porter Magee left his role as ConnCAN COO to become 50CAN's first president, later becoming the organization's CEO. 50CAN currently has a staff of over 40 full-time employees and runs education campaigns in seven states.

Affiliate Offices

50CAN currently operates policy campaigns in seven states: Minnesota (MinnCAN), Maryland (MarylandCAN), New York (NYCAN), Pennsylvania (PennCAN), Rhode Island (RI-CAN), North Carolina (CarolinaCAN) and New Jersey (JerseyCAN) and has run fellowships in Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Oakland, San Francisco, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In 2016, it announced it would grow to additional states by merging with StudentsFirst, the group founded by Michelle Rhee, and that former StudentsFirst chapters would retain their branding within their states.


50CAN offers several programs to engage local leaders in the education advocacy movement, including the Education Advocacy Fellowship, YouCAN, Education Policy 101 and Education Advocacy Essentials.

In the fall of 2015, 50CAN published The 50CAN Guide to Building Advocacy Campaigns: 2nd Edition on iBooks and Kindle.


To date, 50CAN has run 74 advocacy campaigns across seven states and achieved 47 policy victories for public school children and their families.

50CAN counts among its policy achievements a large-scale expansion of preschool in Minnesota, an historic $282 million increase in teacher salaries in North Carolina, the opening of Achievement First public charter schools in Rhode Island and overhauling the teacher tenure system in New York.


50CAN Wikipedia

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