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Tusk Strategies has worked on some of the most innovative and successful reform initiatives across the country, from education to good government reform efforts.

We have extensive experience in education reform. With Education Reform Now, we worked on the campaign to lift the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in New York State that ultimately resulted in the legislation needed for New York to submit a successful bid in the federal Race to the Top Competition leading to $700 million in new federal funding for New York’s schools. With StudentsFirst, led by Michelle Rhee, we have played an integral role in the first comprehensive attempt to pursue and implement education reform across the country. This includes launching full campaigns in target cities and states across the nation. With the Success Charter Network, Tusk Strategies has helped introduce high performing charter schools to new neighborhoods across New York City. With the Coalition for Educational Success, we helped bring reform and transparency to the career college sector. With the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP), a non-profit organization working to expand the number of high-quality schools in Philadelphia, Tusk Strategies is developing campaign plans for the authorization of a new contract by the School Reform Commission with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which would implement cost savings and real reform.

And through major events like NBC News Education Nation and the College Board’s annual forum, we have helped highlight education reform to national audiences. Our firm was an integral part of NBC News’ first annual Education Nation, where we attracted high-profile elected officials to attend the nationally-televised Education Nation Summit and advised NBC News on the education reform landscape. Tusk Strategies worked with the College Board to organize Education and Election 2012, a forum featuring four presidential candidates and moderated by the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and education reformer Joel Klein, which was streamed and covered by both CNN and Fox News. Tusk Strategies has also helped StudentsFirst New York organize a parent convention to discuss the future of education reform, along with the role of city administration in education reform.

Tusk Strategies develops, manages and executes full-scale campaigns. When someone has a lot at stake and they want someone to professionally manage their campaign for them, they hire us. We develop the underlying strategy, we help put together the team, and then we run the campaign through to completion, day in, day out.