Coalition of Essential Schools

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The Coalition of Essential Schools is a US organization created to further a type of whole-school reform originally envisioned by founder Ted Sizer in his book, Horace's Compromise.[1] The group began in 1984 with twelve schools and grew to 600 members.

In 2014 it merged with the Forum for Education and operated from headquarters in Portland, Maine.[2] The organization's executive board voted in December 2016 to cease the organization’s operations.[3]


  1. ^ Jill Davidson (2010). "Coalition of Essential Schools". In Thomas C. Hunt; et al. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent. Sage. pp. 170–172. ISBN 978-1-4522-6573-5.
  2. ^ "Forum Merges with Coalition of Essential Schools". Ohio: Forum for Education and Democracy. January 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Farewell letter

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