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.

Effective September 17, 2018, he is taking a temporary leave of absence to work on the political campaign for Bill Daley, who is running for mayor of Chicago.

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. Meet our board →

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

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

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Posted Sep. 7, 2018

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Posted Aug. 29, 2018

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Posted Aug. 28, 2018

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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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Posted July 23, 2018

A Career and Technical Education Program That Is Getting Kids Jobs

Across the Chicago region and the Rust Belt, thousands of small to medium-sized manufacturing firms have been soldiering on through…

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools…

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Posted June 29, 2018

After Janus, Unions Need to Give Teachers a Reason to Opt In and I Hope They Give Them One

I embraced education reform to strengthen schools, not to weaken unions, so I am not especially happy about the Supreme…

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