The Learning First Alliance had its beginnings as the Forum of Educational Organization Leaders established in the early 1990s. The Forum provided opportunities for the leaders of the major educational organizations to meet and engage in substantive discussions with leading thinkers in the field of education.

In 1996, members of the Forum voted to restructure the organization and formally incorporate the group. Concerned that America’s schools today face unprecedented challenges, member organizations believed they could provide stronger leadership for public education by working more closely together on a common agenda.

The Alliance represents a unique effort by the leading national organizations responsible for providing and governing public education to focus on the core issues facing America’s schools.

In the early years, LFA commissioned a number of research studies, creating work that guided the thinking of the field. Early publications include: