Nathan Hoffman is an education reformer based in Chicago, Illinois. As Director of State Policy and Legislative Strategy at the American Federation for Children, Nathan advocates for expanded school-choice access. He has worked for other organizations like Empower Illinois and the Foundation for Excellence in Education to successfully pursue policies that increase quality and promote greater educational opportunity. Nathan has spearheaded efforts to expand the Illinois Invest in Kids Act, which passed in 2017, establish the Alabama Literacy Act alongside partners in 2019, and create a statewide program to incentivize public schools to invest in industry-aligned career and technical education opportunities. Aside from these successes, Nathan has also defended policies from opponents who have sought to stifle educational opportunity and decrease quality and accountability within the public school system.
“We all should care about the role the education system plays in ensuring all students have an opportunity to achieve life success. The problem is the education system has not done a good job of making good on that promise for Black and Brown students. It’s simply unacceptable when standards [ Illinois Culturally Competent Teaching and Leading Standards] such as these are proposed with no acknowledgment of the fact that we cycle thousands of children through a system without ever teaching them to read or compute at an adequate level.”