Welcome to K-12 News Network (K12NN). (We’re on your mobile phone too.) We launched in January of 2011. Here’s our mission statement.

Cynthia Liu, Founder

Cynthia Liu has been a political blogger since 2003, and covered the Democratic National Convention as press twice, once in 2008 and again in 2012. Her expertise in digital media making helped her win a UNITY/Ford Foundation grant and mentorship as a New U Fellow to launch K-12 News Network in 2011. K12NN is a people-powered grassroots education news and civic engagement platform.


At K12NN, she delivered inventive, award-winning online tools such as a story map that showed budget cuts to California schools by pupil, classroom, and district. She received the HTC/BlogHer 2011 Prize for excellence in creative use of technology by a woman media maker in front of 3,000 of the nation’s most powerful women bloggers. In 2012, her education news and civic engagement platform K12NN partnered with a San Jose parent group to implement a project funded by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. She built and ran the website and determined digital strategy on education-focused issues for voter registration and education among parents, students, immigrants, and low-income people. The project was enormously successful with over 15,000 new voters registered and new ground broken in peer-to-peer high school voter education efforts, complementing field organizing voter registration drives and a series of PSA videos in 8 different languages that aired on Univision and Asian language tv.

Most recently she worked on an 18-month long campaign with Los Angeles Unified School District parents, teachers, and students to force Superintendent John Deasy to resign. Pro-public education activists annotated public records first obtained by K12NN, and when pushed to Los Angeles corporate media, the annotated records immediately prompted a deeper investigation into the appearance of Deasy’s bid-rigging of his signature ed tech achievement, the billion dollar 1:1 iPad deal. K12NN led a petition effort and featured parents who called for a Los Angeles County civil grand jury investigation into the improper procurement of iPads and another $200 million spent on failed class scheduling software. The campaign succeeded beyond all expectations and Deasy is currently being investigated by the FBI.

In 2015, she’ll be facilitating workshops on media wrangling for public education advocates and participating as an invited guest at two journalism conferences that highlight cutting edge work in civic engagement and digital media making. Her areas of expertise include social media strategy, website construction and optimization for advocacy, coaching newbies in online campaigning, and civic engagement of youth and families of color around education issues.


Here’s a great example of how parents, teachers, and students can organize to strengthen and improve public schools:

Organized Parents, Organized Teachers – Working together for effective reform in America’s public schools from Annenberg Institute on Vimeo.

Once again, here’s our mission statement.

Feel free to email me here.

K12 News Network.com  Press Mentions

The Australian, January 2011

The China Post, February 2011

The California School Funding Map Tool, May 5, 2011

K12 News Network released a California School Funding Map Tool in early May in collaboration with the grassroots group Parents for Great Education. It lets all Californians see what the impact of an all-cuts budget is on K-12 education by school district, Assembly, and State Senate district.

Below, press on our map tool:
ABC KGO-TV, May 2011

San Jose Mercury News, May 2011

LA Times, May 2011

The LA Progressive, May 2011

ShePosts, May 2011

MomsLA, May 2011

Blogher.com, June 2011

Daily News Los Angeles, May 2011

Bloomberg Business Week, May 2011

Santa Clarita Signal, May 2011

NewsBlaze, May 2011

Inside Socal, May 2011

California Budget Project, May 2011

Education Web news, May 2011

The California Education Voter’s Guide to the Primary Election, 2012 press:

L. A. Progressive, May 2012

General Mentions:

The Alamedan, September 2012

HuffPo Education, September 2012

PBS, December 2012