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About The Franklin State Council


Parents, educators, business and community leaders, as well as legislators and local government executives, make up The Franklin Foundation’s State Advocacy Councils. Council members collaborate on our nation’s most pressing education issues and share their voice with legislators and policymakers. Advocacy Councils provide local context to this national crisis and empower people from all walks of life to have a stake in the conversation. The foundation’s mission to educate the public on the importance of community-based, free, and low-stress public education is what drives our commitment to enable dialogue and changing the narrative on the state of and importance of public education.


Each state council works to improve public education support and create community focus around the importance of the public schools in their area. State Council members are ambassadors and advocates for public education. They are community members taking action to have a positive impact on their community’s future.

Want to join or create a council in your state?


New York
New Jersey
Washington, D.C. Area


  • 21 years of Age minimum
  • Willing to serve for 1 calendar year (no term limits)
  • No criminal history
  • Reside in the same state as your council for 3 years or more
  • Not affiliated with any firm that lobbies or is a 501(c)(4)
  • Able to dedicate 5 hours per month to council activities
  • Strong Supporter of Public Education

What you'll be doing

  • Council members have conference calls and video meetings on a scheduled basis.
  • Attend scheduled meetings and summits with local, state, and federal policymakers and legislators in their home state.
  • Attend policy calls nationally with other partner organizations.
  • Write letters to policymakers on key issues.
  • Participate on behalf of the organization in various media events.
  • Attend local events on behalf of the organization.
  • Collaborate with council members to draft resolutions, letters, etc.

Complete our Interest Form to Get Started!

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About You

Tell us a little about yourself.

Are you over 18 years of age?Do you have a valid US Driver's License?Ever convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?Are you a government employee?Have you ever volunteered with us before?

Have you ever worked as a lobbyist?Do you currently have a security clearance?Do you work for another non-profit?Have you ever worked for the US Government?Have you ever worked for state government?

Your Volunteer Profile

Let us know what interests you.

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