Gavin Payne

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Director, U.S. Policy, Advocacy & Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, Washington

Gavin Payne is Director of U.S. Policy, Advocacy & Communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 2003 to 2007 he served as Chief Deputy State Superintendent in the California Department of Education.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015

For State Leaders, ESSA Means New Powers and Opportunities

This week’s passage of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks a new era of education policy in our country…

By Gavin Payne

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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

Just Because Trump and DeVos Like Charter Schools Doesn’t Mean You Can’t, Too

A while ago school choice policies were gaining steam across the country. Charter schools and vouchers were still somewhat controversial, but more and more people…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

Somehow, while managing a sprawling network of public charter schools serving 15,000 children, engaging in the day-to-day political combat of New York, and raising three…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

All the Black Kids Are Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

I attended a predominantly Latino grammar school. We were all friends for the most part—the Black students, Mexican students and the few White students that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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