FORA.tv Speaker - Cynthia G. Brown

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Biography

ynthia G. Brown is Vice President for Education Policy and previously served as Director of the Renewing Our Schools, Securing Our Future National Task Force on Public Education, a joint initiative of American Progress and the Institute for America's Future.

Cindy has spent over 35 years working in a variety of professional positions addressing high-quality, equitable public education. Prior to joining American Progress, she was an independent education consultant who advised and wrote for local and state school systems, education associations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and a corporation.

From 1986 through September 2001, Brown served as director of the Resource Center on Educational Equity of the Council of Chief State School Officers. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the first assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education (1980). Prior to that position, she served as principal deputy of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's, or HEW, Office for Civil Rights. Subsequent to her government service, she was codirector of the not-for-profit Equality Center.

Before the Carter administration, she worked for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Children's Defense Fund, and began her career in the HEW Office for Civil Rights as an investigator. Brown has a master's degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She serves as chair of the American Youth Policy Forum Board of Directors and on the boards of directors of the Hyde Leadership Public Charter School and the National Association for Teen Fitness and Exercise.

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Turnaround Schools That Work: Beyond Separate but Equal

11.12.09 | 01:27:26 min | 0 comments