Marianne Lombardo

Guest Blogger

Policy Analyst, Democrats for Education Reform

Columbus, Ohio

Marianne Lombardo is a policy analyst at Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). Before joining DFER, Marianne was the Vice President for Research & Evaluation at the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, an Education Administrator for Ohio’s statewide Juvenile Correctional System, a Program Evaluator for a welfare-to-work project, and an Adjunct Instructor of Sociology. A graduate of New Futures High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico—one of the first alternative schools for teen parents in the nation—and a parent of a current public charter school student, Marianne knows firsthand how getting the right kind of education can transform a life.

Marianne has a master’s degree in sociology from Ohio State University and recently completed the Strategic Data Project’s Leadership in Analytics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Although she finds it hard to get her mind off education reform, Marianne enjoys travel, reading and protesting injustice.

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Posted Oct. 24, 2016

Think You Know Who Supports Charter Schools? Here Are 35 Names That Will Surprise You

Each of the 35 smiling faces gracing the cover of our (Education Reform Now’s) new report “A Democratic Guide to…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted July 14, 2016

After Dallas and Orlando, We Need Schools Like This That Teach Tolerance

Perceived bias is killing people. Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Orlando, Cleveland—and so many other places. Our public education system…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

We Feel You, Bey. Ed Reform Suffers From the Same Biases.

Blaming Beyonce for police officer killings puts a shiver down my spine. Even someone so beloved pays a price for…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted June 17, 2015

We Know the Stats, So When Are We Going to Act?

You really don’t truly get something until you directly experience it or see it with your own eyes. You can’t…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted Mar. 31, 2015

Why Do We Need a Sign to Remind Us Not to Run Over Other People’s Kids?

Mike Petrilli kicked off an intense and illuminating debate recently (see here, here, and here) when he seemed to blame…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.

On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968, he had become increasingly focused on the least of…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

Better Charter School Laws Can Help Families Win a Ticket Out of Poverty. Here’s Who’s Getting It Right.

As a tribute to National School Choice Week, one of the most empowering weeks of the year for parents, today, the National Alliance for Public…

By Todd Ziebarth

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

What Happens When a Good Public Charter School Can’t Get a Building

Imagine that your 15-year-old daughter is enrolled in a public high school that you both chose for its affirmative culture and impressive academics. Your daughter—let’s…

By Laura Waters

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