The Alliance for Excellent Education was concerned that communities of color were not represented at the national level in policy debates about high school reform and hired Global Policy Solutions to build a coalition of civil rights organizations focused on the issue of high school reform. Global Policy Solutions identified and implemented memoranda of understanding with key strategic partner organizations.

Global Policy Solutions brought the groups together and guided discussions on issues relevant to their communities. The coalition ultimately reached agreement on a common high school policy agenda that would serve the interests of all communities. The resulting policy recommendations were outlined in A Plan for Success: Communities of Color Define Policy Priorities for High School Reform.

The coalition was broadened by identifying and engaging potential funders and mainstream organizations.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ultimately invested in the coalition and provided the resources needed for the coalition to become the Campaign for High School Equity, which continues to provide guidance to policymakers on high school reform policy.