Marianne Lombardo

Guest Blogger

Policy Analyst, Democrats for Education Reform

Columbus, Ohio

Marianne Lombardo is a policy analyst at Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). Before joining DFER, Marianne was the Vice President for Research & Evaluation at the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, an Education Administrator for Ohio’s statewide Juvenile Correctional System, a Program Evaluator for a welfare-to-work project, and an Adjunct Instructor of Sociology. A graduate of New Futures High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico—one of the first alternative schools for teen parents in the nation—and a parent of a current public charter school student, Marianne knows firsthand how getting the right kind of education can transform a life.

Marianne has a master’s degree in sociology from Ohio State University and recently completed the Strategic Data Project’s Leadership in Analytics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Although she finds it hard to get her mind off education reform, Marianne enjoys travel, reading and protesting injustice.

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Posted Oct. 24, 2016

Think You Know Who Supports Charter Schools? Here Are 35 Names That Will Surprise You

Each of the 35 smiling faces gracing the cover of our (Education Reform Now’s) new report “A Democratic Guide to…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted July 14, 2016

After Dallas and Orlando, We Need Schools Like This That Teach Tolerance

Perceived bias is killing people. Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Orlando, Cleveland—and so many other places. Our public education system…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

We Feel You, Bey. Ed Reform Suffers From the Same Biases.

Blaming Beyonce for police officer killings puts a shiver down my spine. Even someone so beloved pays a price for…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted June 17, 2015

We Know the Stats, So When Are We Going to Act?

You really don’t truly get something until you directly experience it or see it with your own eyes. You can’t…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted Mar. 31, 2015

Why Do We Need a Sign to Remind Us Not to Run Over Other People’s Kids?

Mike Petrilli kicked off an intense and illuminating debate recently (see here, here, and here) when he seemed to blame…

By Marianne Lombardo

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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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