Ready Education Network is a coalition of conservatives fighting for better schools and more parental choice in education.

Parental choice in education is our north star. No one system of schools should have a monopoly over opportunity. We believe that the education system needs to focus more attention on the needs of students and families; and less on the needs of the system itself.


Founded in 2015, Ready Education started as a state-based advocacy organization based in Denver, Colorado. We’ve had tremendous success building a movement among center-right education advocates focused on a bold, positive vision for education. We’ve worked in broad-based coalitions to enact first in the nation school choice policies, helped defeat multiple statewide ballot initiatives, and supported leading conservative policymakers. These successes spurred the creation of Ready Education Network, a national conservative coalition focused on improving education.

Building on our previous experience and success, Ready Education Network partners with local advocates, funders, and political leaders on a state-by-state basis to dramatically shift the political and policy debates around education.

Meet Brenda

Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of Ready Colorado.

Brenda has spent her career working in education policy at the national and state level. Recently, she served as the Mike A. Leprino Free Enterprise Fellow at Common Sense Institute where she examined the impact various education policies have on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity. Brenda has previously served as a policy expert at the Colorado Department of Education, helping design and implement programs to help improve the state’s lowest performing schools and districts. Prior to CDE, Brenda supported education policy efforts at the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Brenda earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs and studied political science as an undergraduate at Duke University. Brenda serves on the board of directors for the Charter School Institute, the statewide authorizer for public charter schools. In 2021, Governor Jared Polis appointed Brenda as a member of his Education Leadership Council.

She and her husband live in Littleton with their two young boys. They are avid fans of skiing, rafting, biking and, in general, exploring the beautiful state of Colorado.

Meet Tyler

Tyler Sandberg is the co-founder and Vice President of Ready Colorado.

In 2015, he helped launch Ready Colorado with former Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry. From 2015-2018 he ran Ready’s political efforts before joining Ready full time in 2019. In 2020, Tyler ran the Independent Expenditure efforts that helped sweep every major GOP legislative primary.

Prior to Ready Colorado, Tyler was a Senior Project Manager at EIS Solutions, where he managed political efforts for corporate, non-profit and candidate clients. He ran Congressman Mike Coffman’s reelection campaigns in 2018 and 2014, and was recognized by Roll Call in 2014 for running one of the best campaigns in the country.

In 2015, Tyler served as Congressman Coffman’s Deputy Chief of Staff, running his Washington, D.C. office. Prior to his time in Colorado, he worked on elections overseas, supporting political party development efforts in Malaysia and East Timor and covering the elections in Kashmir as a freelance reporter.