Ebony Lee

Guest Blogger

Partner, Charter School Growth Fund

Broomfield, Colorado

Ebony Lee is a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund. She leverages her philanthropic and government experience to oversee work in policy, communications and advocacy. Previously, she led policy and programs at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior to joining CSGF, Ebony served as the deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Department of Education where she oversaw all aspects of K-12 education including the Charter Schools Program. She worked for nearly a decade at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation leading the charter portfolio and teacher effectiveness work. She previously served as chief of staff in the Department’s Office Of Innovation and Improvement, and as an associate director in the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of Justice. Early in her career, Ebony spent time at various non-profit organizations focusing on policies to improve and expand early-childhood, choice and charters. She studied public policy at both Brown University and Regent University and is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow.

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Posted Feb. 10, 2021

Here’s Why Putting the Brakes on Charter Schools Is So 2020

Prior to COVID-19 upending American education, some state legislatures around the country considered moratoriums or “pauses” on public charter schools;…

By Ebony Lee, Karega Rausch

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

If You’ve Been Silent About Child Justice, We Need You Now More Than Ever

We have a problem. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a storm of challenges in policy and practice for public education; it also…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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