Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

Guest Blogger

Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners

United States

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

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

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

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 June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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