Ruth Conniff is the editor of The Progressive. Shortly after graduating from college in 1990, she came to work as associate editor for The Progressive, becoming Washington editor and opening the magazine's Washington, DC, office in 1997. During the 1990s, Conniff covered welfare reform in Wisconsin and around the country, as well as the drug war in Colombia, and other topics, including women's sports.
Before retiring recently, Jan Resseger served for fifteen years as the (lay) Minister for Public Education and Witness in the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries. With Jan’s leadership the denomination worked for policy to improve, not punish, the public schools; reduce testing; ensure there is attention to vast resource opportunity gaps; advocate for schools that welcome children from all races and cultures; and speak for the public role of public education.
Brendan Fischer is the general counsel for the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy. You can see a full list of recent ALEC education bills at ALEC2013.sourcewatch.org.
José Luis Vilson
José Luis Vilson is a nationally recognize educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree from City College of New York. Jose is also a writer, public speaker, activist, and father. He co-authored the book Teaching 2030: What We Must Do For Our Students and Public Schools … Now and In The Future with Dr. Barnett Berry and eleven other accomplished teachers.
Rebecca Kemble is a writer and political reporter for The Progressive. She is also the president of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the president of CICOPA North America. She is a member of Union Cab Cooperative and is a founding member, writer, and editor in the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative.
Chris Goering is an associate professor of secondary English education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He received his Ph.D. and M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University, and his B.A. in English education from Washburn University. Prior to entering higher education, he taught high school English and leadership courses at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kansas.
Jennifer Berkshire began blogging in 2012 after spending six years writing about public education and urban schools in Massachusetts. The bottom line, she says, is that “the “edushysters” are increasingly running the show. Behind every faddish, jargon-filled plan is a dirty little scheme that ends up making somebody a lot of money.
Stephanie Rivera is a student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Preparing to become a teacher, her blog is “designed to bring light to all issues in regards to education. Whether it is educational equity, issues regarding standardized testing, elevating student voices–you name it, I will do my best to shatter ignorance. I aim to provide my audience with my unique perspective; I not only try to provide perspective from a student’s voice, but a student who is studying education.”
Jason France is a former Louisiana Department of Education employee and uses his blog to promote the social welfare of Louisiana children as well as stimulate political discourse.
Morna McDermott is an administrator for United Opt Out National, a group dedicated to fighting corporate reform and reclaiming public education (www.unitedoptout.com). She has been a teacher and teacher educator for over twenty years.
Deborah Meier is a senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and Board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, SOS and Dissent and The Nation magazines. She spent forty-five years working in K–12th grade public schools in New York City (East Harlem) and Boston (Roxbury) including leadership of several highly successful small democratically run public urban schools–the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill.
Jeff Bryant is director of the Education Opportunity Network and associate fellow at Campaign for America's Future. He owns a marketing and communications consultancy in Chapel Hill, NC, and has written extensively about public education policy. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffbcdm
Led by Dora Taylor, Seattle Education is a blog dedicated to providing information about the Seattle Public School system. The blog’s goal is to have an informed public on issues that affect Seattle’s public schools. Dora serves as president of Parents Across America.
Peter A. Greene
Peter A Greene is "a grumpy old teacher trying to keep up the good classroom fight while dealing with the latest round of "reforms." He has been a an English teacher in Northwest Pennsylvania for over thirty years.
Julian Vasquez Heilig
Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D. is associate professor for educational policy and planning and associate professor of Africa and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin College of Education.
Ken Previti is a leading pro-public education blogger. He is a retired teacher from both the Chicago Public Schools and suburban Lyons Township H.S.
As he explains, “I believe that we must “Reclaim Reform” from the Corporate Industrial Education Complex which is attempting to dismantle public education and attempting to raid public pension (deferred income) funds for the profits of multinational investors.”
Jason Endacott, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of social studies education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Dr. Yohuru Williams is a professor of history at Fairfield University. He is the author of Teaching US History Beyond the Textbook (2008) and Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (2008) and co-editor of In Search of the Black Panther Party (2006) and Liberated Territory: Toward A Local History of the Black Panther Party (2009).
Mercedes Schneider Ph. D. lives in southern Louisiana where she is a classroom teacher. Schneider holds degrees in secondary English and German, guidance and counseling and applied statistics and research methods.
Susan Ohanian, a long-time public school teacher, is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Atlantic, Parents, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Phi Delta Kappan, Education Week, Language Arts, and American School Board Journal. In 2003, Ohanian received The National Council of Teachers of English's "NCTE Orwell Award" for her outstanding contribution to the critical analysis of public discourse.
P. L. Thomas, EdD. is associate professor of education at Furman University. Prior to working in teacher education he taught high school English in South Carolina. He is currently a column editor for English Journal (National Council of Teachers of English) and author of Ignoring Poverty in the U.S. (IAP).
Dr. Michael Klonsky is a professor at DePaul University and is a writer and school/community activist.
Jonathan Pelto is a blogger and advocacy journalist based in Connecticut. Jonathan served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984–1993. After leaving the legislature, he formed Impact Strategies Inc., Connecticut’s first stand-alone issue advocacy company.
Guy Brandenburg is a Washington DC native and served as DC public school math teacher with over thirty years of teaching experience. His two children also went through the K–12 DC public school system. Brandenburg remains an active union member.
Russ Walsh is a former history teacher, reading specialist and curriculum supervisor who retired after forty-five years in education. Having failed retirement, he currently teaches at Rider University in New Jersey. Russ blogs on issues related to literacy instruction, teachers and teaching, and education reform. He is a staunch believer in the power of public education.
Jersey Jazzman is a high school music teacher, composer and political commentator in New Jersey