Elliot Regenstein, an EducationCounsel LLC partner, says that our public schools were created by people who did not consider poor and minority children educable and that schools are still not making efforts to reach these students.
He also addresses the pros and cons of charter schools; and the need to change the entire system of public schools, starting by improving teacher quality.
His remarks were given at an annual policy forum at Erikson Institute's Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy.
Elliot M. Regenstein
Elliot Regenstein is a Chicago-based partner of EducationCounsel LLC who focuses on providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to governments, foundations, and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Regenstein is currently working on behalf of foundations and nonprofits with a number of states on a variety of education reforms. His projects include expanding and improving early learning and preschool systems, implementing best-practice college and career readiness policies, and developing appropriate interventions and supports for struggling schools. He also advocates for improved early learning opportunities at the federal level.
Mr. Regenstein served as co-chair of the Illinois Early Learning Council from 2004 through April 2009; he currently is a member of the Council's Executive Committee and chair of its data work group. From 2004 to 2006 he served in the Illinois governor's office as Director of Education Reform. He was named Policy Maker of the Year for 2006 by the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education, honored with the 2006 Action for Children Award, and in 2005 was presented the Perry Schneider Special Award for Contributions Improving and Expanding Illinois Agricultural Education.
After law school, Mr. Regenstein clerked for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Between college and law school, he worked for two years at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, first in the commissioner's office and then as Operations Coordinator.
Mr. Regenstein earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was executive note editor of the Michigan Law Review. At Michigan he received the Honigman Award for Greatest Contribution to the Law Review, the DeRoy Award for Outstanding Student Publication, and the Bollinger Prize for excellence in the study of the First Amendment. He graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.