Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

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Founder and Board Member, Education Post

Chicago, Illinois

Peter Cunningham is the founder of Education Post and serves on its board. He served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national online platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and nonprofit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter joined the Education Post board in 2018 after stepping down as the organization’s Executive Director. Meet our board →

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Posted Nov. 15, 2019

Is Education Journalism Driving School Segregation?

The question in the headline above must be asked because a recent study concludes that informed parents exercising choice are…

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Posted Nov. 5, 2019

It’s Time for Chicago and Its Teachers Union to Collaborate and Win for Kids

After 11 days on the picket line, Chicago public school teachers are back at work and there’s plenty of chest-beating…

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

With Humility and Hope, I’m Passing the Torch

Five years ago, I was invited to create a communications organization to foster dialogue around the need for improving public…

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

Coffee Break: Tim Daly on How EdNavigator Helps Parents Make School Choice Work

Three years ago, Tim Daly and two colleagues left TNTP (The New Teacher Project) and launched a new effort called…

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Posted Sep. 7, 2018

10 Issues We Could Solve in Education If We Really Wanted To

With another school year upon us, here are 10 issues facing public education in no particular order. They range from…

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Posted Aug. 29, 2018

This Isn’t the Time for a Teacher Strike in Los Angeles

On August 14, public schools in Los Angeles opened their doors to 700,000 wide-eyed students eager to learn. On August…

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Posted Aug. 28, 2018

The Atlantic Shoots an Airball on Its Coverage of LeBron’s New School

I’m a fan of Atlantic writer Alia Wong and her stewardship of the magazine’s education coverage, even if it does…

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Posted Aug. 21, 2018

How the New York Times Got It Wrong on School Choice and Segregation

After a much needed break from all things education, I returned to find an op-ed in the New York Times…

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Posted Aug. 1, 2018

Coffee Break: How Arthur VanderVeen Is Lighting a Spark Under PARCC

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is a standardized test developed with federal funding to…

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Posted Aug. 1, 2018

A New Survey Suggests How Teachers Would Run Our Schools

Surveys suggest teachers are the most trusted voices in public education and thanks to an excellent new survey from Educators…

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