Ph.D., is the Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at UCLA. His research interests are in the study of civil rights, education policy, urban policy, and minority opportunity. He was co-founder and director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, and now serves as co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. His central interest has been the development and implementation of social policy, with a central focus on the impact of policy on equal opportunity for success in American society. Recent works include six co-edited books since 2004 and numerous articles and reports. Among his many awards are the American Political Science Association's Charles Merriam Award for his "contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research" and the 2007 Social Justice in Education Award by the American Educational Research Association for "work which has had a profound impact on demonstrating the critical role of education research in supporting social justice."
is a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Co-director of the
UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, which is the nation’s
leading research center on issues of civil rights and racial inequality. She
has served as Commissioner for Postsecondary Education in California, a
bilingual school psychologist, was a social scientist with the RAND
Corporation, and has directed education research for the California State
Assembly. Her research focuses on educational equity and access for low
income and ethnic minority students, language policy, and the education of Latino
youth. Among her recent
publications are “The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed
Social Policies” (with Contreras, Harvard University Press, 2009, “Forbidden
Language” (with Hopkins, Teachers College Press, 2011), and forthcoming (with
Callahan), “The Bilingual Advantage, Language, Literacy and the Labor Market
(Multilingual Matters, 2014).
John B. King, Jr.Ed.D., J.D., is the New York State Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York. King brings extensive experience leading urban public schools that are closing the achievement gap in his role as a Managing Director with Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organization that operates some of the highest performing urban public schools in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining Uncommon Schools, Dr. King was a Co-Founder and Co-Director for Curriculum & Instruction of Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. Under his leadership, Roxbury Prep’s students attained the highest state exam scores of any urban middle school in Massachusetts, closed the racial achievement gap, and outperformed students from not only the Boston district schools but also the city’s affluent suburbs.
Maree SneedJ.D., Ph.D., is a senior partner at the Washington, DC law firm Hogan
Lovells and director of the firm’s nationally prominent education practice. She
serves on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, on the Board of
Directors for Magnet Schools of America, and as a board member and secretary of the National School
Boards Foundation. She advises school districts, educational associations,
and private companies in the education sector on state and federal legal issues.
Maree served as counsel of record in two major Supreme Court cases, Schaffer v. Weast and PICS v. Seattle School District No. 1. Previously she
worked as a teacher and administrator in the Montgomery County Public
Rhoda E. SchneiderJ.D., General Counsel and Senior Associate Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Institute co-chair). For over 30 years, Rhoda Schneider has been chief legal counsel to the commissioner, state board, and department staff. She has advised six successive commissioners and served twice herself as acting commissioner. Besides providing legal guidance to the commissioner and the agency, she and her staff also publish advisories for school and district leaders, parents and students, and other constituents on the state and federal laws affecting public elementary and secondary schools. The issues of education law and policy that she addresses include standards-based education reform, civil rights, charter schools, school finance and governance, student assessment, special education, school and district accountability, student rights and responsibilities, and educator licensure. Rhoda is an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the editor of the MCLE book, School Law in Massachusetts.
Dennis D. ParkerJ.D., is the Director of the ACLU National Office's Racial Justice Program. Concentrating on issues of the school-to-prison pipeline (which funnels children of color from the educational system into the criminal justice system), racial profiling, affirmative action, indigent representation and felon enfranchisement and predatory lending, the Racial Justice Project seeks to remove barriers to equal opportunity for communities of color through litigation, public education, community organizing and legislation. Before joining the ACLU, he worked for the N.Y. York State Attorney General as Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau. Mr. Parker also worked for fourteen years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund litigating and supervising the litigation of scores of cases involving elementary and secondary education, affirmative action in higher education and equal educational opportunity. He has published a book and numerous chapters and articles on a range of civil rights issues. He lectures extensively on civil rights issues and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Law School.
Michael A. RebellJ.D., is an experienced litigator, administrator, researcher, and
scholar in the field of education law. He is the executive director of the
Campaign for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice
at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Campaign seeks to promote equity
and excellence in education and to overcome the gap in educational access and
achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students throughout the United
States. He is the author of five books and dozens of articles on issues
involving law and education. Previously, Mr. Rebell was the co-founder,
executive director and counsel for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. In CFE
v. State of New York, the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court,
declared that all children are entitled under the state Constitution to the
"opportunity for a sound basic education" and it ordered the State of
New York to reform its education finance system to meet these constitutional
requirements. Mr. Rebell also serves as a consultant to attorneys, advocates
and policymakers involved in education reform and education litigation
throughout the country, and he is currently counsel for the plaintiffs in New
Yorkers for Students Educational Rights v. State of New York.
Perry A. Zirkel
J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., is
University Professor of Education and Law at Lehigh University, where he has
held the Iacocca Chair in Education and has served as Dean of the College of
Education. He has more than 1,400 publications on various aspects of
school law, with an emphasis on legal issues in special education. He
writes a regular column for Principal magazine
and did so previously for both Phi Delta Kappan and Teaching Exceptional Children. Past president of
the Education Law Association and co-chair of the Pennsylvania special
education appeals panel from 1990 to 2007, in 2013 he received the Research
into Practice Award from the American Educational Research Association and the
Excellence in Research Award from AERA’s Division A, and in
2014 he received the University
Council of Educational Administration's Edwin Bridges award for significant contributions to the
preparation and development of school leaders.
Jay P. Heubert(Institute co-chair), is a Professor
of Law and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Adjunct
Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. For sixteen years at Columbia and
thirteen at Harvard, he has taught courses on education law, policy, and
practice for students in education, law, and related fields. His research has
focused on civil rights issues in education, including desegregation, the
obligations of charter schools to serve students with disabilities, high-stakes
testing, and the role of law in school reform. Jay has also served as chief
counsel to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, a trial attorney in the Civil
Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a specialist on
desegregation and gender equity in the School District of Philadelphia, and a
high-school English teacher in rural North Carolina.