Founder, Chairman, CEO, Future Is Now Schools
Los Angeles, California
Steve Barr founded Green Dot Public Schools in 1999 with the vision of transforming secondary education in California by creating a number of high-performing charter high schools using available public dollars. Under Steve’s leadership, Green Dot became the leading change agent in the region, starting in fall 2000 by founding one of the first comprehensive public high schools in the Los Angeles area in thirty years. In 2008, Green Dot began to operate Locke High School in Watts, re-structuring it into eight small public schools.
In 2010, Steve formed Future Is Now Schools, built on the successful secondary Green Dot Public Schools model, union reform and systemic district change, to take the foundational principles, lessons learned and successes achieved on the local level of Southern California and expanded this base to other communities around the country. Future Is Now Schools has already begun discussions with community leaders in some of America’s largest cities, bringing together all education stakeholders, including parents, teacher unions and district education officials.
In 2012, Steve continued his collaborative work with a partnership with teacher leaders within United Teachers of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District to create teacher-designed hybrid learning pilot schools in Silverlake and West Los Angeles, and the scaling and oversight of Green Dot New York, a school founded by Randi Weingarten and Steve Barr.
Most recently, Steve became a founding member of the Coalition of Community Charter Schools a group of public charter schools and organizations in New York City that envision a positive and collaborative role for charter schooling as part of our public education system.
Steve is married to Teresa Wierzbianska and is the proud father of Zofia and Jack, both of whom proudly attend public school.