Every. Student. Prepared.

Aligned is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving education in Kansas and Missouri.

40% of 4th graders are not proficient in reading
Missouri is behind the national average in educational attainment
47% of Kansas graduates leave the state
Aligned aims to crack this paradox by advocating for policies that will improve K-12 education and post-secondary outcomes, strengthen our workforce, and empower a generation of learners. Together with business leaders and policymakers, we’re reforming systems to unlock the full potential of Kansas and Missouri students and create a brighter future for all learners.
Updates & News
Examining finance

Examining school finance 40 years after landmark report - This week, we examine a school finance report that investigates the complex relationship between school spending, equity, and student outcomes. We also cover the latest happenings in Missouri and Kansas.

Puzzle Pieces

Final pieces click into place to pass landmark bill - This week, we dive into the details of a massive education bill passed by the Missouri General Assembly that doubles state investment in early childhood education. We also provide details on the other latest happenings in Missouri and Kansas.

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This week, we look at the "Toolbelt Generation" and the national conversation around the value of traditional college and the rise in construction trade enrollment. We also cover statehouse news in Missouri and Kansas.

Problems Solved
School districts could not use state aid dollars to partner with quality early childhood programs. We worked to pass language to allow contracting which increased the supply of quality pre-K. .
Kansas lacked a way to answer questions about education and workforce policy. We supported efforts to create a state longitudinal data system.
Uncover the power of aligning business with education to prepare every student.
Success Story
Operation Breakthrough's Transformative Pre-K Program
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In this case study, we explore the transformative impact of a policy initiative spearheaded by Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, addressing the critical nexus of education, accessibility, and community welfare. Leveraging new state education funding facilitated by the KC Pre-K Cooperative and championed by the nonpartisan coalition Aligned, Operation Breakthrough serves low-income children and helps students over come barriers to learning and fosters Kindergarten readiness through its holistic approach to early education. This profile serves as a testament to the importance of effective policy advocacy and its transformative potential in addressing critical societal issues.

Operation Breakthrough preschool teacher leads students through lesson.
Student eating fresh meal prepared in Operation Breakthrough kitchen.
Operation Breakthrough students enjoy recess time.