Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

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Executive Director, Education Post

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Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. 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.

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Posted May 25, 2018

These Parents Aren’t School Choice Zealots, They Just Want Better Schools for Their Kids

When it comes to the education of low-income children, classroom results often take a back seat to topics like money,…

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Posted May 19, 2018

Maybe We’ll Finally Get the Gun Reform We Need If We All Keep Our Kids Home From School

Okay parents: It’s your turn. The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 15, 2018

Reflections on Edu-Journalism on the Eve of EWA

This week, education writers meet in Los Angeles for an annual conference. Their work is read by millions of people…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 7, 2018

I’m Concerned But Not Convinced by the NPR-Illinois Story on the Noble Charter Schools

I’m a fan of the Noble Charter School Network in Chicago because parents like the schools, they get good results…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 29, 2018

Are Magnet Schools a Failed Integration Strategy? Thoughts on Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Speech to Magnet Schools of America

Are magnet schools a failed integration strategy? New York Times education writer Nikole Hannah-Jones thinks so and challenged magnet school…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Beware of NAEP Theories and Look for Courage in American Education

Amidst all the theories around the recent release of National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test scores showing little progress…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

Coffee Break: District Turnaround Expert Karen Hawley Miles Wants No Nonsense in Her Coffee and No Nonsense in Our Schools

Karen Hawley Miles is the president and executive director of Education Resource Strategies, Inc. (ERS), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that helps…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 2, 2018

School Segregation Is No Accident and This Writer Says It’s Because of Our Racist Housing Policies

America’s public schools today are more segregated than at any time in the last half century and government housing policies…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 1, 2018

If You’re Going to Argue About Reforming School Discipline, at Least Use Facts

The false debate over discipline reform continues raging with this misleading piece in USA Today from Gail Heriot, a University…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

The Right Is Distracting Us From Needed Gun Safety Laws by Creating a Myth About School Discipline

This is how myths are made. It typically starts with a view grounded in ideology. Then “research” is generated to…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

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By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 24, 2018

Y’all Can Have Betsy DeVos, I’m Checking for Stacy Abrams

Outrage: As Long As Betsy’s In Charge, Kids Should Just Stop Going to School Once again, Betsy DeVos demonstrated this week her dangerous ignorance of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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