Lane Wright

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Director of Policy Analysis

Tallahassee, Florida

Lane Wright is Director of Policy Analysis at Education Post. He is focused on telling stories that help families understand how their schools are doing, how to make them better, and how policy plays a role. He’s a former journalist and former press secretary to Florida’s governor.

Over the past six years of his career, while working in government and for education nonprofit groups like StudentsFirst and TNTP, he has specialized in breaking down complex education reform policy issues into easy-to-understand concepts.

During that time he’s interviewed teachers, students, and local school leaders. He’s spent time watching them work in the classroom and helped them raise their voices on issues they care about. He’s also helped parents advocate—in the news, and before lawmakers—for a better education for their own kids.

Lane is the father of three children who will soon be attending public school in Tallahassee, Florida, where he and his wife live.

RECENT POSTS

Posted Apr. 1, 2019

What It Feels Like to Lose One of the Two Black Teachers at Your School

Last week I got an email that one of my son’s two kindergarten teachers, Ms. Ashley, is starting her maternity…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2019

Betsy DeVos Wants Larger Paychecks For Teachers Who Deliver Results for Kids

In a recent statement to Congress, Betsy DeVos, the nation’s education chief, made the following statement: Students may be better…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Sep. 25, 2018

Eighth-Graders Are Doing Fifth-Grade Work. No Wonder Our Kids Aren’t Ready for College.

I just read a report that, as a father, makes me question my own kid’s school. I mean, if these…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 7, 2018

Teachers, Can You Explain This Survey to Me? Because I’m Really Confused.

Dear Teachers, I just read some of the results of a survey and I’m confused. The good people over at…

By Lane Wright

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Posted July 31, 2018

How to Save Charter Schools From the Beatdown

There seems to be an organized assault on charter schools. Legal challenges, bureaucratic barriers and smear campaigns all work to…

By Lane Wright

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Posted July 27, 2018

Florida’s Poorest Students Are Among the Nation’s Highest Achieving, So Why Won’t DeVos Approve Their State Plan?

It looks like the feds are having a hard time figuring out what to do with Florida. After California and…

By Lane Wright

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Posted July 5, 2018

Turns Out Privatizing Education Is Harder Than It Looks

According to The Washington Post’s anti-education-reform columnist, Valerie Strauss, there’s a “movement to privatize public education in America.” Unfortunately, none…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 1, 2018

Here’s the One Thing We Just Can’t Agree on When It Comes to Schools

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you they want their child to go to a good school. But ask them…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 25, 2018

Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 2, 2018

At KIPP Jacksonville, #CollegeSigningDay Starts in Fifth Grade

One by one, 34 high school seniors walked across the stage set up in the gymnasium at KIPP Jacksonville’s campus.…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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