Elizabeth Evans

Guest Blogger

Founder and CEO, The VIVA Project

Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth Evans is founder and CEO of The VIVA Project. A former lawyer, Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in management, strategy, campaign design, coalition building, data-driven policy design, strategic communications, law and policy.

Previously, Elizabeth was executive director of the Illinois charter school association for five years, where she established core programs and was the chief architect of the nation’s first comprehensive state charter school law reforms in 2009.

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Posted Dec. 14, 2015

If They Can Make Progress in Washington, Can’t We Do the Same Here in Illinois

From my vantage point in Chicago, these past few weeks were surreal on the education landscape. In Washington we saw…

By Elizabeth Evans

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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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