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John H. Jackson
On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education, where he leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's National Director of Education.

Dr. Jackson also served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Jackson possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; A Master of Education in Education Policy from the University of Illinois' College of Education; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois' College of Law. In addition, Dr. Jackson received a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Jackson served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.

Entries by John H. Jackson

Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Public Education

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this last week's State of the Union address. President Obama rightfully pushed for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, and extended unemployment insurance as immediate steps that can be taken to help Americans right...

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Asthma Shouldn't Kill -- Every School Needs a Nurse

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 3:10 PM

This post is coauthored by Dr. John Jackson, President & CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania.

Each day, parents across the country send their children to school with the expectation that they will be safe and cared for...

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Newtown Should Create New Towns

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 9:32 AM

As a nation, we are all heartbroken by the events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut. We all likely did what the President suggested Friday evening - we hugged our children a little tighter and reaffirmed our love for them. We now have...

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A New Take on 'No Excuses' -- Tackling Poverty to Provide Meaningful Opportunity

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 1:25 PM

We all know that factors related to poverty can limit learning in a number of ways. Lack of quality early-childhood care and education impedes healthy development and kindergarten readiness. Inadequate access to preventive and basic remedial health care substitute sick days and emergency room visits for classroom time and reduce...

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Gambling on National Security

(34) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:17 PM

In confronting any other national security threat, the U.S. wouldn't trust unreliable and unproven solutions. We would go with what works. Why, then, do some in the education sector insist we gamble on the privatization of our public schools?

A new report from the Council on Foreign...

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America for Teachers!

(36) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 3:33 PM

Here's an important question: What sector of public employees recently received a 71 percent approval rating from its core constituents? If you said elected officials, well, you are wrong.

Give up?

The answer is teachers. On the recent PDK/Gallup poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the...

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Message to Feds: Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road and Call AAA

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 3:14 PM

The U.S. economy has a flat tire. America's poor have shouted this from their urban and rural communities long before Standard and Poor's decided to care enough to signal a problem by lowering America's AAA credit rating to AA+.

The common problem in both instances is that for more than...

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Lights, Camera, Action: Time to Change the Script and Bring in New Directors in Public Education Reform

(18) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 2:12 PM

It's time to cancel the "made-for-TV" education non-reality series that for the past few years has starred characters the likes of Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and, fresh on the scene, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

For the past few years Americans have been barraged by news stories, magazine articles and...

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U.S. No Longer Leader of the Free World

(65) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 12:58 PM

After spending trillions on wars to protect our shores and to bring democracy to faraway lands, the nation's number-one threat and weapon of mass destruction is decreasing opportunities for its citizens. In short, the United States is imploding from within.

America was once thought of as the leader of...

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Protect the American Union by Supporting Public Schools

(7) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 1:25 PM

America's public schools are ground zero in the movement to reframe American politics and public policy from one of common opportunity to individual gains.

Policymaking used to embody the notion that the good of the people was the good of our Union. Today, policymakers seemingly subscribe to the notion...

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