Archive for February, 2014


I can’t believe I’m going to say this but … all this news about data mining in new edu-ventures by corporate sponsored curricula and testing makes me long for the days of passive television entertainment.

The American Legislation Exchange Council (ALEC) crafts “model” legislation behind closed doors with coprorations and state policy makers, which will authorizie edu-tech corporations to come directly into our classrooms as the new LEA’s, thus permitting them access to our childrens’ private data. As corporate data mining sneaks into our schools, like that exposed recently by a piece by Jonathan Pelto indicates, I long for Dora The Explorer. While corporations like Chromebooks now DIRECTLY market their products via “curriculum” and use my child’s data to serve their own financial interests, and sway their patterns of behavior and consumption with little or no intermediaries I miss days gone by when “interactive engagement of behavior” meant my kids shouting “Abuela!” at the TV screen following Dora’s prompt, “Can you say grandmother in Spanish with me?” Or, those times when commercials insisted my child “must have the latest” X,Y,Z item, when at least I was able to act as the ultimate screen between my child and the corporations, with the parental power to say “No” –or at least say, “tell Grandma you want that for Christmas” by which time they’ve usually forgotten they wanted X, Y, or Z in the first place.

Now, as Pelto reveals, “Google explicitly admits for the first time that it scans the email of Google Apps for Education users for ad-serving purposes even when ad serving is turned off.” – 1/31/14

The “medium is the message” as McLuhan says. Before the age of online interactive games, curriculum, and the Internet…before NSA…. marketing to children consisted of television programming and product placement in school buildings via vending machines, sponsoring school events, and sales to school cafeterias. I’ve been historically been adamantly opposed to these coprorate ventures! And we keep moving in the wrong direction-away from the interests and welfare of children, selling them out to powerful billionaires.

The tactics of Chromebooks, inBloom, and the education technology industry are really no different than those of companies who, back in the 1980’s, launched a mega campaign to cater commercials to children. They were attempting to create early childhood brand loyalty and realized that children were a million dollar untapped industry. According to the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, “In what the industry calls a ‘cradle-to-grave’ strategy, marketers want to get to children early, often, and in as many places as they can – not just to sell them products and services, but to turn them into life-long consumers.”

And now, the tentacles are far more reaching, and insidious. The profit potential far greater. The control? Intoxicating. Using Common Core and high stakes testing (PARCC via Pearson and SBAC via inBloom), corporations can by-pass all other filters (aka parents and teachers). There are fewer people or firewalls left between children and the corporate interests who see them as little more than (at best) a consumer and (at worst), a product.

ALEC’s latest round of legislation, called The Student Achievement Backpack states:

This bill provides access by a student’s parent or guardian or an authorized LEA user to the learning profile of a student from kindergarten through grade 12 in an electronic format known as a Student Achievement Backpack.”

Ok… who the hell is the LEA????

(A)   “Authorized LEA user” means a teacher or other person who is: (1) employed by an LEA that provides instruction to a student; and (2) authorized to access data in a Student Achievement Backpack through the {insert state} Student Record Store. (B) “LEA” means a school district, charter school, or the {schooling options in the state specific to the deaf and blind}

This act will: “allow an education provider to (a) research and find student users who are interested in various educational outcomes; (b) promote the education provider’s programs and schools to student users;  and (c) connect with student users within the Student Futures website;  (3) allow a {insert state} business to: (a) research and find student users who are pursuing educational outcomes that are consistent with jobs the {insert state} business is trying to fill now or in the future; and  (b) market jobs and communicate with student users through the Student Futures website as allowed by law..”

Not unlike the “model legislation” of ALEC, back in the 1980’s the FTC Improvement Act mandated that the FTC would no longer have any authority whatsoever to regulate advertising and marketing to children, leaving marketers virtually free to target kids as they saw fit.  And by 1984, the Reagan administration had succeeded in dismantling the last vestiges of government oversight, completely deregulating children’s television.

Now, it’s not passive brainwashing via TV that worries parents. Its interactive privacy piracy directly invading the mental and physical spaces of our children’s lives. According to one section of ALEC’s legislation, “In addition to an enhanced kindergarten program described in Subsection (B), the early intervention program includes a component to address early intervention through the use of an interactive computer software program.”

Television is “so last season”–today, it’s deregulation of computer-driven content including that which our children are forced to engage with via education policies, and that can directly engage in uninterrupted direct contact with children. No parental guidance allowed.


Posted: February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


I read an article by Alice Crites about the influence of big business (corn and sugar) on the food policies and productions. I was astounded at how, within the first minute of reading about how BIG BUSINESS manipulates legislation and public perception in food production, I was able to see how that system of corruption reflects current education reform policies, especially policies involving Common Core “State” Standards (CCSS). The original article can be found here.

I have previously examined the relationships between the giant con-ag industries and education policies, illustrating comparisons between factory farms and education as in a chapter in J. Bowers and PL Thomas (eds) De-testing and De-grading Schools. I have blogged previously about how multinational corporations like Nestle are destroying water supplies in economically struggling and impoverished countries, buying the “water rights,” and then selling people their own water back to them in a bottle and at a profit.

What I intend to do here is create line item comparisons between what Alice Crites examines in the sugar wars and my own research on HOW CCSS came to be, WHY is came to be, and WHO it is that benefits from it.

This is important– because as those of us opposed to CCSS move forward, we must be clear about the who, what and why of CCSS.

Line Item One: “Sugar companies’ investments in this nonprofit group, detailed in newly released internal documents, are part of a growing strategy used by corporate interests seeking to influence Washington policymaking.” (Crites)

Bill and Melinda Gates, Carnegie, Walton, Broad, GE, Exxon, and AT &T (all members of ALEC) all fund the non-profit groups promoting Common Core. In order to sway policy, corporations hide behind non-profits, foundations, and think tanks. Essentially these corporations buy their way into shaping policy and public opinion disguised as public interest groups, which of course promote the values and idea that the corporations want them to promote! Achieve-the organization contracted by the US Dept. of Education via Race to the Top was paid to create and manage common core. Achieve is funded by giant corporations, many who are members of The American Legislative Exchange Commission. Other non-profits such as Hope Street, Bellwether and Education Delivery Institute all have corporate members and corporate interests swaying their mission and actions.

Line Item Two: The revolving door. The romance between big corporations and big federal government occurs because CEO’s prevsiously from giant corporations take positions as “policy makers” within the governement and conversely individuals previously serving in the federal government  take new jobs or sit on cushy board of directors positions in these privately run corporations or “non profit” associations. For example, Bellwether, Hope Street, and Education Delivery Institute (EDI) all share partnerships (direct and indirect) with government by playing musical chairs between their government roles and their jobs in the private sector. Hope Street has among its Board of Directors former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise and Governor Jack Markall.

Dr. Jeri Echeverria retired Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University sits on the board of directors for EDI (created by Pearson CEO Sir Michael Barber).

Leading the team at Bellwether is Chad Aldeman. Previously, Aldeman was a Policy Advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked on teacher policy and secondary schools

Line Item Three: “No longer content to rely on traditional lobbyists, companies are investing in other messengers such as nonprofit groups or academicians who can provide expert testimony, shape news media coverage and change public opinion in ways that ultimately affect decisions in the nation’s capital.” (Crites).

Lobbyists and paid- for- research. To sway public opinion through the guise of research, corporations (via think tanks) pay scholars and researchers to conduct studies which (not shockingly) will produce findings that support the interests of the corporate agenda. Their job is to create the illusion that their product (in this case Common Core) is grounded in research to support it.  For example,  in one particular issue of Education Researcher (the “premiere” journal published by AERA) I found that of nine total authors published in that issue, FIVE of them listed their associations not with universities but with “non- profit” or education corporations. And those five were all invested somehow in promoting Common Core. In this way they believe they can “legitimate” their agenda to other scholars and academic institutions.

Likewise, lobbyists paid for by corporate interests have a toe hold in creating or influencing state and federal legislation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sold out to Monsanto. The U.S. Department of Energy has sold out to the fracking lobbyists. And the U.S Department of Education has sold out to Pearson. Pearson publishing, the giant octopus  in the room which cannot be ignored, invested millions in lobbying for new copyright, assessment, teacher preparation, and curricular policies. In 2009, Pearson lobbied for something aptly titled “Common Core Education Standards.”

That same year, when PARCC and SBAC placed their bids in to the U.S. Dept of Education which, via RtTT, was seeking organizations to whom they could “outsource” their efforts (aka Common Core), Achieve had contracted with Pearson as their partner to pursue this effort.  

Pearson lobbied a minimum of thirty times between 2008 and 2012 for Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) or reauthorization of ESEA, including “preparation for reauthorization, advocated for quality student assessments, literacy programs, data systems, utilization of education technology, (and) electronic student records”; by far one of the largest portion of their lobbying efforts.

Line Item Four: Grass Roots Bullshit: “Nonprofit organizations, now playing an increasing role in lobbying and electoral politics, are not required to publicly reveal their donors.”

In the sugar/corn wars the group is called “Citizens for Health.” In politics it’s called “Citizens United.” And in education it’s called “Parent Trigger.” What all these have in common is the illusion of being grass roots when in fact they’re front groups for billionaires like the Koch Brothers, Eli Broad, and the Walton Foundation.

Line Item Five: Insider fighting. “The documents reveal how both sides poured money into nonprofit groups that have had feel-good names but promoted industry agendas in public campaigns and government proceedings.”  (Crite).  According to Crites, the sugar industry is at war with corn syrup. They spend billions trying to top one other in the market. But really…if you were worried about diet, health, diabetes or obesity, is the difference between sugar and corn syrup a serious game changer for you??? Either one in high doses spells trouble. Likewise, as states who are still interested in corporate model reform pretend to be the friend and ally of parents and teachers against Common Core claim that they reject federal intrusion into their state education policies. But they have created “their own” common core standards. Really? It’s high fructose corn syrup versus sugar. Is your state still pushing high stakes testing, teacher “accountability” via test scores, union bashing, merit pay, vouchers and charters? It’s no different than the sugar companies fighting with the big corn producers. PARCC, ACT, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, inBloom, and ALEC…they’re still just fighting for a piece of your child.

One important digression here, let’s not forget that even opposition to CCSS can be motivated by corporate interests and we must remain informed. Many corporate funded think tanks and non-profits such as Heritage Foundation are opposed to CCSS but support other conservative measures to privatize public education, and Koch brothers, with an aim to eliminate public education altogether, have secretly funded many “grass roots” Common Core resistance groups.

The identical nature of the predatory corporate ed reformers and those in sugar/corn war playbook IS NOT COINCIDENTAL!

Common Core: It’s not communism. It’s predatory reform-style billionaire business as usual taken from the playbook of other areas of industry.  It’s corporate greed and control.  Repeat as necessary. Common Core is corporate led, and federally fed.  By 2015, US Dept of Education will begin defunding the intitaive and it will wind up wholly in the hands of private organizations. Whether I like this truth or not is irrelevant.

It’s a deliberate strategy used not only in the sugar wars and in education but by predatory reformers from across all areas of service and production housing/real estate, and banking. But they’ve laid waste to our land, and to our homes, and to our financial security. Education was just next on the list of line items. Profit. Data. Control.

Fruit Loops cereal can claim its part of “a nutritious breakfast” because it’s made with “real fruit juice.” This is marketing. It’s sales. It’s advertising. It’s a product. As smart consumers we read the ingredients and know better. That’s fine. Free market. Free choice. Buyer beware. No one is forcing me to feed my child Fruit Loops. Yada yada.

However–Common Core claims to be a “21st century learning effort” to make all children “career and college ready.”  It’s marketing. It’s sales. It’s advertising. It’s a product … Being forced down the throat of my child. MANDATED. And we should know better.


The phrase Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has gone viral. Criticisms of it are broad and deep. Much has been said about its highly questionable federal intrusion, data piracy, costliness, questionable quality, and attachment to new rounds of standardized testing… I could go on, but I won’t. But let’s not also forget the new “middle men”-the non profits sprouting up like weeds- creating a new market in which they profit from the management and delivery of CCSS and the other education reform policies forced on schools everywhere. Let’s not forget that CCSS is indelibly attached to broader reform efforts to insert corporate interests into public education with the aim of privatizing education. Here are three non-profits to watch for. Read the bio’s of the Board members, the Team leaders, and Funders. It’s long. I know. The information has been summarized, culled from a variety of sources and pulled together here. Here you can see the cast of corporate characters and their partnerships to political and education institutional affiliations. Make note. And beware if you see them coming to a school near you.


From website: “BELLWETHER EDUCATION PARTNERS is a nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations – in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors – become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results, especially for high-need students. To do this, we provide a unique combination of exceptional thinking, talent, and hands-on strategic support.”

Bellwether works with Stand for Children, and one of the board of the Partner -members is on the board of Democrats for Education Reform.

Andy Smarick, partner in Bellwether Education Partners was keynote speaker at lunch for the November 19 Summit on Faith-based schools, sponsored by The American Bible Society in NYC.

Example of work: Partnered with Pittsburg Public Schools in 2012 to deliver professional services totaling $2,532, 177.

Board of Directors

Tina Fernandez: she was the managing director of Alumni Engagement and Infrastructure for Teach for America

Kendrich Ashton: investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co.,

Paul Reville: is a Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education after having completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick’s top education advisor, Reville established the Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12 and early education in the nation’s leading student achievement state.

Kim Smith: is CEO and founder of the Pahara Institute, a national nonprofit that aims to identify, strengthen, and sustain diverse high-potential leaders who are transforming public education. Its programs, including the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship (previously the Aspen-NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship), Earlier in her career she served as a founding team member at Teach For America, she co-founded and led NewSchools Venture Fund, a philanthropy focused on transforming public education through social entrepreneurship, Ms. Smith has helped to incubate numerous education and social change organizations and has served on a range of boards, which currently include those of Pahara, Bellwether, NewSchools, Rocketship Education, and ROADS Charter Schools

Mary K Wells: She was a manager and consultant with Bain & Company, where she worked primarily with Fortune 500 companies on growth strategy, new business development, and post-merger integration issues. She was with Bain & Company for over seven years.

Salaries—includes bonuses:







Team (not a complete list)

Chad Aldeman: Associate Partner–.He works on the Policy and Thought Leadership team at Bellwether. Previously, Aldeman was a Policy Advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked on teacher policy and secondary schools.

Lina Bankert: Principal –Prior to joining Bellwether, Ms. Bankert was a Principal at Bain & Company, where she worked with executive teams across a broad range of industries and capabilities in both the private and public sectors, while building extensive pro bono/ non-profit advisory experience with focus on K-12 education.

Ellie Craig: Research Assistant-Ellie served as a SPEA VISTA Fellow with The Mind Trust, a nonprofit organization that invests in great schools and innovative ideas in order to create excellent educational opportunities for all Indianapolis students. At The Mind Trust, she worked as a member of the Education Initiatives team, focusing on selection and accountability for the Charter School Incubator and the Education Entrepreneur Fellowship programs.

Alison Fuller: Associate Partner-Prior to joining Bellwether, Ms. Fuller was a case team leader at Bain & Company, where she worked with clients across a broad range of industries.

Gifford Goldberg: Principal with Bellwether Education Partners,-Rebecca was a consultant with McKinsey and Company, where she managed engagements with leading global institutions on growth strategy, sales and marketing, and operational efficiency.

Charles Glover: Senior Fellow -Charles was the founding Executive Director of TFA-Dallas/Ft. Worth in 2009, and in that capacity oversaw its growth into one of the Teach for America’s largest regions.

George Mu: is an Education Pioneers Analysis– Prior to joining Bellwether, George was a Consultant at Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Jeff Schulz: is also a proud Teach For America alum, former advocacy lead for a group of high-performing, nationally acclaimed Texas charter schools, and education analyst for the central Texas-based E3 Alliance.

Gunjan Sun was a senior associate consultant with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Stephanie Wilson has also worked as a consultant for Bain & Company


Becky Crowe is a Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. She has spent more than 15 years leading education reform efforts as a social entrepreneur and education policy and philanthropy advisor. Her clients include state Race to the Top winners, America Achieves, and the Carnegie Corporation and Opportunity Equation’s 100Kin10 STEM initiative.

Monisha Lozier Prior to launching Bellwether, Ms. Lozier was the founder of her own small business, Cobbe Place Consulting. In this capacity, she and her team conducted executive-level searches for dozens of reform-oriented organizations in the K-12 education community.

Andrew J. Rotherham Co-founder of Bellwether. He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including Education Pioneers, The Broad Foundation, and the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. (CALDER). Rotherham is on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Mind Trust, is Vice Chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Board member for Democrats for Education Reform.

Andy Smarick is a former White House Fellow, member of the 2010-11 class of Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellows, and founding board member of 50CAN.

Mary K. Wells was a manager and consultant with Bain & Company, where she worked primarily with Fortune 500 companies on growth strategy, new business development, and post-merger integration issues.

Key Endorsements

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2013, Gates donated $1,981,978  to support CoreSpring, an initiative to build a bank of shared Common Core aligned formative item and assessment resources that assure improved discoverability, availability and interoperability.

Massachusetts Department of Education National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

New Leaders for New Schools

NewSchools Venture Fund

New York Center for Charter Schools

Stand for Children

Doris & Donald Fisher Fund


HOPE STREET (created 2003)

Website description: Hope Street Group’s Education Program seeks to transform the teaching profession to improve outcomes for students. How? By changing the way we support educators and by creating the right incentives to produce outstanding student outcomes. Our Education Program features collaborative, crowd-sourced solutions that bring together new voices, world-class talent and modern tools. We tap the most experienced people in education, with leading involvement from teachers themselves. From identifying innovations to engaging practitioners, documenting results and fostering the spread of good ideas, the Hope Street Group approach is sparking the widespread change we so urgently need.

History of Assets

$31,600 2004
$51,293 2005
$835,420 2008
$958,879 2009

Monique Nadeau President and CEO (2007-2014) salary: $207,000 ($82,000 of that is from bonuses)”


The primary funding comes from 3 private foundations

Other than the 3 foundations largest donors have been one board member and one individual though constitute only 1% total contribuation. 25% comes from public support

The top listed foundations are

Peter Peterson

Rodell Foundation

College Board





Board Members

Ted MeiselChairman of the Board/Senior Advisor/Elevation Partners Before he became an internet executive, he spent a number of years with the consulting firms of McKinsey & Company

Tony MillerChief Operating Officer and Founding Partner/The Vistria Group LLC joined the Hope Street Group Board of Directors in 2014. The Vistria Group, LLC, is a private investment firm focused on building market leading companies in the education, healthcare, and financial services industries. Before launching The Vistria Group, Mr. Miller was the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Education, After completing his-MBA, Mr. Miller joined McKinsey & Company where he was a Partner serving healthcare and technology companies throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Monique Nadeau joined the Hope Street Group and the Board in early 2007. As President and CEO from 2007-2014, she led the organization to cultivate economic opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. Managing Director globally at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, pioneering more than $4 billion of public-private finance initiatives for the UK Government and advising the full spectrum of public and private institutions on high profiled strategic risk management transactions.

Bob Kocher is a Principal at McKinsey and Company where he leads the McKinsey Center for Health Reform and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform.


Michale Cohen-President Achieve Inc. Cohen has held several key roles in education during the past 20+ years, including Director of Education Policy at the National Governors Association (1985-1990) and Director of Planning and Policy Development at the National Association of State Boards of Education (1983-1985).

Allan Golston, President of the United States Program, leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Brad Jupp is Senior Program Advisor on teacher effectiveness and quality serving under U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Jupp works on school and district performance improvement and accountability, teacher effectiveness, and school choice, among other issues. He was formerly a Senior Policy Adviser to Denver school’s Superintendent turned U.S. Senator, Michael Bennet.

Joel Klein CEO Education Division; Former Chancellor-Newscorp; New York City Dept. of Education

In January 2011, Joel I. Klein became CEO of the Education Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation, where he also serves on the Board of Directors.

Amy Laitinen is Deputy Director for Higher Education at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan Washington, DC-based think tank. Her current work focuses on federal policies that can increase the use of competencies and data in higher education and the workforce. Laitinen previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education, where she was responsible for developing policy and budget proposals for post-secondary and workforce education, including the $12-billion American Graduation Initiative and what became the state-focused Race to the Top for College Affordability proposal.

Goverbor Jack Markell. He is former Co-Chair of the Common Core Standards Initiative and a former Board Member of the National Assessment Governing Board.

Jon Schnur is executive chairman and co-founder of America Achieves. Schnur is also the co-founder and former CEO of New Leaders and serves on its Board of Directors. He recently served as senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, co-chairman of the Obama for America Education Policy Committee and as a member of the Obama Presidential Transition Team.

Bob Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. He currently co-chairs the Digital Learning Council with Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. Governor Wise also chairs the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


Net assets (2012): $309,536

Donated to Education Trust: $2,980,822

Website description: EDI’s vision is “to be the nation’s most effective organization in helping deliver world-class education outcomes for all students. Our mission is to partner with K-12 and higher education leaders with ambitious reform agendas and invest in their capacity to deliver results.  By employing an approach known as delivery, a proven methodology for effective implementation in the public sector, we help leaders maintain the necessary focus to plan and drive reform.

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others and officially launched this past spring, EDI was developed by Barber and is being headed by former Georgia state superintendent Kathy Cox. EDI was the brainchild of Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, and Mike Cohen, president of Achieve, Inc., two Washington, DC, school reform veterans who have lamented how little attention has been paid to the implementation of large-scale school reforms.

Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Common Core Implementation Workbook for all states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Katy Haycock on Board of Directors is President of Ed Trust: Her salary is $272,000 and was listed on the tax return for EDI, not Ed Trust , as “reportable compensation from RELATED ORGANIZATIONS.”

While EDI donated almost 3 mill to Ed Trust in 2010, EdTrust are not listed as donors but they are listed as organizational partners.

Just a note about EdTrust. It’s funded largely by corporate interests belonging to American Legislative Exhange Council. Funders list:

Laura & John Arnold Foundation
Bezos Family Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Lumina Foundation for Education
State Farm Companies Foundation
The Wallace Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation

CEO Kathy Cox: Before joining EDI, she served as Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools from 2003 until 2010, a statewide elected office.

Salary: $106,091


Partial List of the “Team”

Sir Michael Barber: Founder of EDI grounded on his philosophy of “Deliverology.” Barber recently joined Pearson as Chief Education Advisor. Prior to Pearson, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Head of McKinsey’s global education practice. 


Nick Rodruigez : Prior to joining EDI, he was an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company’s education practice, where he advised education leaders on policy and implementation at the district, state, and national level in the U.S. and abroad.  

Ellyn Artis: Prior to her time at EDI, Ellyn worked at The Education Trust

Partial List of Board of Directors

David Britt: serves as board chair of The Education Trust

Dr. Jeri Echeverria: is retired Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University

Katie Haycock: see bio above

Sir Michael Barber: see bio above

Dr. Driscoll: has served as President of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and currently serves on the board of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the K12 Advisory Board and the Alliance for Excellent Education.  He was recently appointed Chair of NAGB by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Ross Wiener: is a Vice President and the Executive Director of the Education and Society Program at the Aspen Institute. From 2002 to 2009, Ross worked at the Education Trust.

Kathy Cox: see bio above

Organizational Partners include



Education Trust



Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Harold Castle Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Clients include state departments of education and higher education institutions