Does Your State Make the Grade? Measuring Our Nation's Commitment to Public Schools

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Does Your State Make the Grade? Measuring Our Nation's Commitment to Public Schools

Thursday, June 28th at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT

Grading the StatesWith equitable policies and resources, our public schools can be the beating heart of American democracy: engines of opportunity for all children, centers of neighborhood support, and institutions responsive to the communities around them. However, there are some who advocate for handing these public institutions and dollars over to private interests — despite overwhelming data showing such strategies simply don't live up to their promises and run counter to core educational values of equity and opportunity.

In the midst of a continuous push for privatization from Washington, DC and many state capitals, it's more important than ever to ask, "When it comes to supporting public schools, does my state make the grade?"

A new report by the Schott Foundation and the Network for Public Education, Grading the States: A Report Card on Our Nation's Commitment to Public Schools, evaluates to what extent the 50 states and the District of Columbia support public schools, or instead funnel public money elsewhere through charter and voucher programs. It is also the first in-depth nonpartisan report card to include state-by-state measurements of whether states with charter and voucher schools protect student civil rights and guard taxpayers from fraud and misuse of public funds.

Our speakers will include:

John H. Jackson, President, the Schott Foundation for Public Education (moderator)
Carol Burris, Executive Director, the Network for Public Education
Tanya Clay House, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education, U.S. Department of Education

Come with questions, insights, and calls to action during our Q&A session at the end!
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About the Speakers

Dr. John H. JacksonDr. John H. Jackson

Dr. John H. Jackson is President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.  In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a fair and substantive opportunity to learn for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after serving in several senior level positions. Among them, National Director of Education and Chief Policy Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 2000-2007.  In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Jackson has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Jackson conducted extensive research at the Harvard Civil Rights Project on civil rights and opportunity gap issues.

Dr. Jackson has been elected or appointed to serve on many boards and commissions. Among them the Xavier University of Louisiana Board of Directors, Nellie Mae Education Foundation Board of Directors, Harvard University Board of Alumni, Association of Black Foundation Executives, American Bar Association At-Risk Commission. Dr. Jackson also served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.  

Carol BurrisCarol Burris

Carol Burris is the Executive Director of the Network for Public Education. Carol served as principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District in NY from 2000-2015. Carol received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her dissertation on equitable practices in mathematics instruction received the 2003 National Association of Secondary Schools’ Principals Middle LevelDissertation of the Year Award. In 2010, she was recognized by The School Administrators Association of New York State as the Outstanding Educator of the Year, and in 2013 she was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as the New York State High School Principal of the Year.

Carol serves as a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center and is the co-director of its Schools of Opportunity program. She authored three books on educational equity. Articles that she has authored or co-authored have appeared in Educational Leadership, The Kappan, the American Educational Research Journal, Theory into Practice, The School Administrator and EdWeek.

Tanya Clay HouseTanya Clay House

Tanya Clay House is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P–12 Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Before this, she served as the director of the public policy department at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She formerly served as the public policy director at People for the American Way (PFAW) and as the policy liaison for the African American Ministers Leadership Council, a program of the PFAW Foundation. She has previously worked for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and the Kentucky Department of Education. Ms. Clay House is also a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the National Bar Association and the chair of the Civil Rights Law Section. She has testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, the US Senate Rules and Administration Committee, the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, and the Election Assistance Commission.

She was selected as a 2010 NGen Fellow with the Independent Sector Foundation. The Root.com named her one of the top 100 African Americans to watch for 2010, and she was awarded the 2003 Congressional Black Caucus Chair’s Award. Ms. Clay House has been a guest speaker for numerous panels and national conferences and has been interviewed and quoted in NBC Nightly News, Associated Press, C-Span, The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and others. She earned her B.A. cum laude in political science from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.