Simone Hardeman-Jones

Guest Blogger

National Policy Director, Educators for Excellence

Washington, D.C.

Simone Hardeman-Jones is the national policy director for Educators for Excellence(E4E). Prior to joining E4E, Simone most recently served as a deputy assistant secretary for legislative and congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided strategic advice to U.S. Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and John B. King, Jr. One of her greatest accomplishments was helping to lead the administration’s efforts to achieve educational equity by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Simone was also a policy advisor in the U.S. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. In this role, she advised the assistant secretary on policies including educator equity and evaluation systems. She has served in roles ranging from senior education policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan, education policy advisor for Senator Amy Klobuchar, and as director of African American outreach for Amy Klobuchar’s first Senate campaign.

Simone joined E4E because its vision of an equitable and excellent education system is directly in line with her personal mission to advance educational equity for the most disadvantaged.

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Posted Feb. 18, 2020

Black History Is American History and Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As a Minnesotan, February is a signal that the warmth of spring is so close yet so far away (seriously, last…

By Simone Hardeman-Jones

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Posted Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It has caused businesses to shut…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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