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Expertise: K-12 education

Cynthia G. Brown is a senior fellow at American Progress. She was previously the vice president for Education Policy at American Progress and formerly served as director of the “Renewing Our Schools, Securing Our Future National Task Force on Public Education,” a joint initiative of the Center for American Progress and the Institute for America’s Future. Brown has spent more than 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. In 1980, she was appointed by President Carter as the first assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that position, she served as principal deputy of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Office for Civil Rights. Subsequent to this government service, she was co-director of the nonprofit 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 on the Board of Directors of the American Youth Policy Forum and Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School.

By Cynthia G. Brown
How to Make School Funding FairEducation WeekMay 21, 2013
Improving the Effectiveness of Our Teachers Will Help Student AchievementCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2013
Investing in Our ChildrenCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2013
New Book Examining Elite Public Schools Raises Equity Versus Excellence ConcernsCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2012
A Two-Pronged Approach to Closing Disparities in Public-School FundingNational JournalSeptember 12, 2012
Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Offers a New Chance to Improve EducationCenter for American ProgressMarch 6, 2012
The Persistence of Educational InequalityCenter for American ProgressDecember 2, 2011
Teacher Pension ReformCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2011
Education Waivers 101Center for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2011
State Education Agencies as Agents of ChangeCenter for American ProgressJuly 27, 2011
Reauthorize, Reauthorize, Reauthorize No Child Left BehindCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2011
A Way ForwardCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2011
It’s Broke, So Fix ItCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2011
Illinois Bill Exemplifies Groundbreaking Education ReformCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2011
Momentum Builds to Reform ESEACenter for American ProgressApril 5, 2011
Redesign the SystemThe New York TimesMarch 28, 2011
Don’t Put Education Reform at RiskCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2010
Ask the Expert: Obama’s New Vision for EducationCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2010
An Aggressive Blueprint for Targeted ReformCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2010
Spoonful of SugarCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2010
Bitter Pill, Better FormulaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2010
Graduating with PromiseCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2009
Investing Wisely in Our ChildrenCenter for American ProgressFebruary 26, 2009
A Promising Accord for Denver’s ProComp ProgramCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2008
NEEDED: Federal Action for Fair Funding of High-Poverty SchoolsCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2008
Getting Serious About Renewing and Modernizing Public EducationCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2008
Getting the Facts Straight on Performance Pay in the Proposed Draft of Title II of NCLBCenter for American ProgressOctober 1, 2007
Expanding Learning Time Through Supplemental Educational ServicesCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2007
Beyond No Child Left Behind: Two New Reports Will Shake Up U.S. Education SystemCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2007
The Teacher Quality Dilemma: Will We Ever Make Progress?Center for American ProgressJune 30, 2006
The Case for National Standards, Accountability, and Fiscal EquityCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2005
What’s Going on with Reading … or Not?Center for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2005