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 Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

By Tom Rademacher

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