Bryan Hassel

Guest Blogger

Co-Director, Public Impact

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bryan Hassel is co-director of Public Impact. He consults nationally with leading public agencies, non-profit organizations and foundations working for dramatic improvements in K-12 education. He is a recognized expert on charter schools, school turnarounds, education entrepreneurship and human capital in education.

Hassel’s recent work includes a chapter on how cutting-edge data strategies could transform public education in the book “A Byte at the Apple: Rethinking Data Systems for the Post-NCLB Era” and co-authoring “The Big U-Turn: How to Bring Schools From the Brink of Doom to Stellar Success” for Education Next

He also authored the Brookings Institution Press book “The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise,” co-edited the Brookings volume Learning From School Choice and co-authored Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence.

Hassel received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard University and his master’s in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar.

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Posted June 5, 2015

Yes We Can Have Great Teachers in High-Poverty Schools

Fact or fantasy? A high-poverty, high-need school posts several teacher openings and ends up with far too many candidates. More…

By Bryan Hassel, Emily Ayscue Hassel

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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