Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners

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Jennifer Schiess is an Associate Partner with Bellwether Education Partners. Previously, she spent a decade working with the Texas Legislature, most recently serving as the primary adviser to the legislature on school finance and a range of other public education issues including standards, assessment and accountability; educator quality, compensation and benefits; and charter schools and school choice policy.

Prior to her time in Texas, Schiess worked in university and governmental relations for Vanderbilt University, where she collaborated with a range of communities internal and external to the university and led the establishment of a non-profit organization concerned with regional smart planning, and taught English in a public high school in Nashville, Tennessee.

Schiess holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University, a Master’s of Education degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s of Public Policy degree from Duke University.

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Posted Aug. 2, 2016
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Yes, We Need Equitable School Funding, But That’s Not All We Need

The word equity gets tossed around a lot in education circles, particularly around school finance. We all know that some…

By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015
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Rural Parents Believe in the Promise of Education, But Are Less Confident on the Delivery

A new poll from Education Post reveals that not only are rural schools unique in their geographic and community characteristics, but…

By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Posted Mar. 24, 2015
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Is Pearson’s Scanning of Students’ Social Media Spying or Smart Security?

This month the Washington Post reported that testing giant Pearson has been monitoring students’ social media accounts, looking for evidence…

By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
girlatlunch

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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