Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

Guest Blogger

Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners

United States

Jennifer Schiess is an Associate Partner with Bellwether Education Partners. Previously, she spent a decade working with the Texas Legislature, most recently serving as the primary adviser to the legislature on school finance and a range of other public education issues including standards, assessment and accountability; educator quality, compensation and benefits; and charter schools and school choice policy.

Prior to her time in Texas, Schiess worked in university and governmental relations for Vanderbilt University, where she collaborated with a range of communities internal and external to the university and led the establishment of a non-profit organization concerned with regional smart planning, and taught English in a public high school in Nashville, Tennessee.

Schiess holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University, a Master’s of Education degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s of Public Policy degree from Duke University.

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Posted Aug. 2, 2016

Yes, We Need Equitable School Funding, But That’s Not All We Need

The word equity gets tossed around a lot in education circles, particularly around school finance. We all know that some…

By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

Rural Parents Believe in the Promise of Education, But Are Less Confident on the Delivery

A new poll from Education Post reveals that not only are rural schools unique in their geographic and community characteristics, but…

By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Posted Mar. 24, 2015

Is Pearson’s Scanning of Students’ Social Media Spying or Smart Security?

This month the Washington Post reported that testing giant Pearson has been monitoring students’ social media accounts, looking for evidence…

By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Stop Arguing About ‘Equity’ and Focus on Student Outcomes

There’s a major force in the education world that has attempted to claim ownership over the term “equity.” From tweets questioning the value of literacy…

By Jasmine Lane

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