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 Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

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Posted Apr. 8, 2021

I Know What the Challenges Are for Black Teachers and How to Start Fixing Them

I will never forget the moment last year when a seventh-grade African American student came to my door and said, “Mr. Taylor, I just wanted…

By Aaron Taylor

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Posted Apr. 7, 2021

We Have No Idea What This Year Has Been Like for Our Kids

One year ago, my now-kindergartener left his bustling and diverse transitional kindergarten classroom with sensory learning areas designed for academic and social skills development to…

By Sonya Heisters

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