How do you engage the power of the courts to ensure that all public school students have access to a quality education?
Strategy and Campaign Management
RALLY used impact litigation to create a new narrative around students’ rights through Students Matter’s three education equality lawsuits. Martinez v. Malloy, a federal case in Connecticut, challenged the state’s anti-opportunity laws and policies under the U.S. Constitution. Doe v. Antioch sought to enforce California’s long-standing teacher evaluation laws. The groundbreaking Vergara v. California case sought to improve education equity and quality by promoting educator excellence.
RALLY helped develop each case’s framework, secure plaintiffs and witnesses, collect evidence and research, drive comprehensive earned and digital media campaigns, execute events in California, Connecticut and nationally, and build a Democratic-led coalition advocating for quality public education. We continue to work with high-profile surrogates and an advocacy team in Sacramento to translate our courtroom conversation into meaningful change in the classroom.
Over the past five years, RALLY has grown Students Matter into the nation’s premier organization dedicated to promoting quality public education through impact litigation, communications and advocacy. Vergara ignited a national dialogue on the link between teacher effectiveness and student success and paved a pathway for additional lawsuits and bold legislative action to improve educational outcomes for all children.