Education Deans are invited to sign below: PUBLIC EDUCATION, DEMOCRACY, AND THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: A DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
As deans of colleges and schools of education we are committed to a school system that serves all children and youth, providing them with richly engaging, challenging, and supported opportunities to learn. We are equally committed to research-based policy and practice, designing the most effective and just approaches based on critical analyses of past efforts. We are therefore seriously concerned by recent rhetoric of the incoming administration that has already led to increased bullying, violence, and fear in classrooms across the country. The United States can do better, and the incoming administration and Congress have a critical and urgent role to play in healing our country by making good on the promises of public education.

U.S. Public Education Policy Should:

1. Uphold the role of public schools as a central institution in the strengthening of our democracy.

Americans share a widespread vision of public education as a universal public good for every child, regardless of background or circumstance. This requires that schools be able to teach, value, and inspire each and every student as we strive towards the highest personal, academic, and social goals, including but extending far beyond readiness for college and career. Students are not merely commodities or consumers, and when we treat education as a competitive marketplace fueled by privatization we set up a system that ensures that some win while many others lose. We urge you to invest in education as a public good and to affirm that every student deserves the very best that our country has to offer.

2. Protect the human and civil rights of all children and youth, especially those from historically marginalized communities.

The federal government has historically played a leading role in advancing educational access and equity, as with the passage and enforcement of civil rights laws, targeted funding to address poverty and resource inequities, and appropriate supports for English-language learners and students with disabilities. But today opportunity gaps remain shockingly large. Americans also have a growing awareness of the unique challenges faced by students across the spectrum of diversity, including LGBTQ youth, Muslim youth, and children of undocumented immigrants or who themselves are undocumented. We urge you to strengthen the role of the federal government to support and advocate for the children and youth who are most vulnerable or targeted.

3. Develop and implement policies, laws, and reform initiatives by building on a democratic vision for public education and on sound educational research.

Our children suffer when we deny that educational inequities exist and when we refuse to invest sufficient time, resources, and effort toward holistic and systemic solutions. The U.S. educational system is plagued with over-simplified policies and reform initiatives that were developed and imposed without support of a compelling body of rigorous research, or even with a track record of failure. We urge you to build on the ample evidence from the high-quality research that exists about policies and practices that can be effective for improving learning and addressing educational inequities.

4. Support and partner with colleges and schools of education to advance these goals.

Public schools are successful when they are broadly supported and when they work collectively with others. These partners include families, communities, organizations, and agencies, as well as the colleges and schools of education that prepare many of the professionals working in and with schools (including teachers, health professionals, counselors, leaders, and researchers). Colleges and schools of education, like K-12 public schools, play a vital role in strengthening our democracy, but they are often plagued with regulations and reform initiatives that lack sound research bases and that result in even greater inequities in public schools. We urge you to develop and support policies and resources that advance our public mission.

We are working individually and collectively to highlight and advance these goals, and we stand ready to collaborate with you to do the same.

Contact Information:
Education Deans for Justice and Equity (EDJE), www.educationdeans.org
Kevin Kumashiro, Former Dean, School of Education, University of San Francisco
Kathy Schultz, Dean, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

The following 235 current and former deans of colleges and schools of education (or directors or chairs of education departments where there is no separate school of education) have endorsed this statement. Institutions are listed for identification purposes only. Members of the EDJE Steering Committee are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Cheryl Achterberg, Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University
Melanie Agnew, Dean, School of Education, Westminster College
Gregory Anderson, Dean, College of Education, Temple University
James D. Anderson, Interim Dean, College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Lauren Anderson, Chair, Department of Education, Connecticut College
* René Antrop-González, Dean, School of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University
Paul Ballard, Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies, Central Washington University
Linda Banks-Santilli, Dean, School of Education, Child Life, and Family Studies, Wheelock College
Heidi Barker, Chair, Education Department, Regis University
Jim Barta, Dean, Tift College of Education, Mercer University
Vicki Bartolini, Chair, Education Department, Wheaton College (Norton, MA)
Carole G. Basile, Dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
Carol Batker, Former Associate Dean, Graduate Programs/Education, Empire State College - SUNY
Barbara Beatty, Chair, Department of Education Wellesley College
April Whitley Bedford, Dean, School of Education, Brooklyn College
Lee Bell, Former Director, Education Program, Barnard College
Terry Bergeson, Interim Dean, School of Education and Kinesiology, Pacific Lutheran University
David C. Berliner, Dean Emeritus, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
Sandra Beyda-Lorie, Dean, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, Northeastern Illinois University
Janine Bixler, Chair, Division of Education, Mount Saint Mary College
Wanda Blanchett, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Kate Boyle, Dean, College of Education and Counseling Psychology, St. Martin's University
Jane S. Bray, Dean, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
Donna Adair Breault, Dean, College of Education, Ashland University
Ed Buendia, Dean, School of Educational Studies, University of Washington - Bothell
Debra B. Burson, Chair, Department of Education, Millsaps College
Christopher J. Campisano, Director, Program in Teacher Preparation, Princeton University
Pamela S. Carroll, Dean, College of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida
Prudence L. Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of California - Berkeley
Nancy Casey, Interim Dean, School of Education, St. Bonaventure University
Barbara Catbagan, Chair, Contemplative Education Department, Naropa University
Marie Chamblee, Dean, School of Education, Health and Human Services, Meredith College
Cindi Chance, Former Dean, College of Education, Georgia Southern University
Paul E. Chapman, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Longwood University
Anita Charles, Director, Education Department, Bates College
Anita Chikkatur, Chair, Department of Educational Studies, Carleton College
Lori Ciccomascolo, Dean, Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Rhode Island
Vicki L. Cohen, Director, School of Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University
* Hardin Coleman, Dean, School of Education, Boston University
Ken Coll, Dean, College of Education, University of Nevada - Reno
Valerie Martin Conley, Dean, College of Education, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Allen P. Cook, Dean, School of Education, University of Bridgeport
Edward R. Crowther, Chair, Teacher Education Department, Adams State University
Cindy Cruz, Former Chair, Department of Education, University of California Santa Cruz
Ada Beth Cutler, Former Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Montclair State University
Kathleen DaBoll-Lavoie, Dean, School of Education, Nazareth College
Stephen Danna, Dean, Queensbury Branch Campus, SUNY Plattsburgh
Mary Ann Danowitz, Dean, College of Education, North Carolina State University
Michael E. Dantley, Dean, College of Education, Health and Society, Miami University
Karen DeMoss, Former Chair, Education Department, Wagner College
Van Dempsey, Dean, Watson College of Education, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Anne Dichele, Interim Dean, School of Education, Quinnipiac University
Laura H. Dinehart, Executive Director, School of Education and Human Development, Florida International University
Joseph V. Doria, Jr., Dean, Caulfield School of Education, Saint Peter's University
Marcy P. Driscoll, Dean, College of Education, Florida State University
Jacob Easley II, Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, Eastern Connecticut State University
Donald Easton-Brooks, Dean, School of Education, University of South Dakota
Arlinda J. Eaton, Dean, Bagwell College of Education, Kennesaw State University
Nancy Edick, Dean, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Stacey Edmonson, Dean, College of Education, Sam Houston State University
Rick Eigenbrood, Dean, School of Education, Seattle Pacific University
Laurie Elish-Piper, Dean, College of Education, Northern Illinois University
David E. Fernie, Former Dean, School of Education, Wheelock College
Edward Garcia Fierros, Chair, Department of Education and Counseling, Villanova University
Margaret Finders, Chair, Department of Education, Augsburg College
Scott Fletcher, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College
Larry Flick, Dean, College of Education, Oregon State University
* María Fránquiz, Dean, College of Education, University of Utah
Susan Douglas Franzosa, Dean Emerita, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Fairfield University
Dana Fusco, Chair, Department of Teacher Education, CUNY York College
* Brenda Fyfe, Dean, Webster University School of Education, Webster University
Gregg Garn, Dean, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma
Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, Former Dean, College of Education (University of Mary Washington) and School of Education (Sonoma State University)
Jeanne Marcum Gerlach, Former Founding Dean, College of Education, University of Texas Arlington
Jack Gillette, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Lesley University
* Maureen Gillette, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University
Amy Ginsberg, Dean, School of Education, Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University
Mark R. Ginsberg, Dean, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University
Cyndi Giorgis, Dean, College of Education, University of Texas at El Paso
Mark Girod, Dean, College of Education, Western Oregon University
Christine Givner, Dean, College of Education, SUNY Fredonia
* Sandy Grande, Former Chair, Department of Education, Connecticut College
Karen Graves, Chair, Department of Education, Denison University
Deirdre C. Greer, Dean, College of Education and Health Professions, Columbus State University
* Margaret Grogan, Dean, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University
Victoria Groves-Scott, Dean, College of Education, University of Central Arkansas
Leif Gustavson, Dean, College of Education, Pacific University
Jean Haar, Dean, College of Education, Minnesota State University - Mankato
* Bob Hannafin, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Fairfield University
Alison Harmon, Interim Dean, College of Education, Health & Human Development, Montana State University
Tara Haskins, Chair, Department of Education, Eastern Washington University
Paul Hastings, Interim Dean, School of Education, University of California - Davis
Sam Hausfather, Former Dean, School of Education, Maryville University of St. Louis
Grant Hayes, Dean, College of Education, East Carolina University
Nancy Heilbronner, Former Interim Dean, School of Education, Mercy College
William Henk, Dean, College of Education, Marquette University
John Henning, Dean, School of Education, Monmouth University
Nancy H. Hensel, Former Dean, College of Education, University of Maine - Farmington
Katy Heyning, Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Mike Hillis, Dean, Graduate School of Education, California Lutheran University
Elizabeth R. Hinde, Dean, School of Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Randy Hitz, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University
Caryl Hodges, Dean, School of Education and Psychology, Notre Dame de Namur University
Marvin Hoffman, Former Associate Director, Urban Teacher Education Program, University of Chicago
Adam Howard, Chair, Education Department, Colby College
Bob Hughes, Former Dean, College of Education, Seattle University
Eunsook Hyun, Dean, College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
Linda Irwin-DeVitis, Former Dean, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
Patricia W. Ivry, Interim Dean, School of Professional Studies, Western Connecticut State University
John Jacobson, Dean, Teachers College, Ball State University
Thomas James, Dean and Provost, Teachers College, Columbia University
Louise Jennings, Co-Director, School of Education, Colorado State University
Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Dean, College of Education, San Diego State University
Joseph Kahne, Former Dean, School of Education, Mills College
Rebecca Kantor, Dean, School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado Denver
Claudine Keenan, Dean, School of Education, Stockton University
Gerald Kember, Interim Dean, College of Education, Science, and Mathematics, Viterbo University
Gladis Kersaint, Dean, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Diane Ketelle, Dean, School of Education, Mills College
Karynne L. M. Kleine, Dean, Division of Education, Young Harris College
Thomas Koballa, Dean, College of Education, Georgia Southern University
John W. Kohl, Dean Emeritus, College of Education and Human Development, Montana State University
Mark A. Kretovics, Interim Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent State University
Nora Krieger, Former Chair, Division of Education, Bloomfield College
* Kevin Kumashiro, Former Dean, School of Education, University of San Francisco
Andrea Lachance, Dean, School of Education, SUNY Cortland
Jaekyung Lee, Dean, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo
Alan Lesgold, Former Dean, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Alice Lesnick, Director, Education Program, Bryn Mawr College
Elliott Lessen, Dean Emeritus, School of Education, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Marya R. Levenson, Levitan Director, Education Program, Brandeis University
Jeffrey R. Lindauer, Dean, School of Education and Human Services, Canisius College
Donald R. Livingston, Chair, Education Department, LaGrange College
* Tamara Lucas, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Montclair State University
Marvin Lynn, Dean, School of Education, Indiana University South Bend
C. Rexton Lynn, Assistant Dean, Teacher Education Program, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ronald Marx, Dean, College of Education, University of Arizona
Joanna Masingila, Dean, School of Education, Syracuse University
Lindsay Clare Matsumura, Interim Dean, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Erin McCloskey, Chair, Education Department, Vassar College
Jeffrey A. McCubbin, Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University
Patricia Alvarez McHatton, Dean, College of Education and P-16 Integration, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Ellen Mcintyre, Dean, College of Education, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Virginia McLaughlin, Former Dean, School of Education, College of William and Mary
Debra K. Meyer, Former Chair, Department of Education, Elmhurst College
Nicholas M. Michelli, Dean Emeritus, College of Education and Human Services (Montclair State University) and Teacher Education (CUNY)
Michael Middleton, Dean, School of Education, Hunter College
Renée A. Middleton, Dean, Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education, Ohio University
Danny Mielke, Dean, Colleges of Business and Education, Eastern Oregon University
Gayle Mindes, Former Dean, College of Education, DePaul University
Allan Morotti, Former Dean, School of Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Laurie Mullen, Dean, College of Education, Towson University
J. Patrick Naughton, Director, Teacher Education Programs, The Evergreen State College
Spencer Niles, Dean, School of Education, The College of William & Mary
Catherine O'Callaghan, Chair, Education Department, Western Connecticut State University
Rachel Oppenheim, Director, School of Education, Antioch University Seattle
John D. Palmer, Chair, Department of Educational Studies, Colgate University
Jeff Passe, Dean, School of Education, The College of New Jersey
Wendy A. Paterson, Dean, School of Education, SUNY Buffalo State College
Jon Pedersen, Dean, College of Education, University of South Carolina
George J. Petersen, Founding Dean, College of Education, Clemson University
Randy Penfield, Dean, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensbory
Tom Philion, Dean, College of Education, Roosevelt University
Robert Pianta, Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Terri Pigott, Dean, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago
Jeff Piquette, Interim Associate Dean, Teacher Education Program, Colorado State University - Pueblo
* Don Pope-Davis, Dean, College of Education, New Mexico State University
Isaac Prilleltensky, Dean, School of Education and Human Development, University of Miami
Stewart Purkey, Director, Teacher Education, Lawrence University
Mary Ann Rafoth, Dean, School of Education and Social Sciences, Robert Morris University
Reid Riggle, Co-Chair, Education Department, St. Norbert College
* Francisco Rios, Dean, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University
Virginia Roach, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University
Elisa Robyn, Dean, College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, Regis University
David Rock, Dean, School of Education, University of Mississippi
Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Dean, College of Education, Southeast Missouri State University
John Romans, Dean, College of Education, Oklahoma State University
Catherine Rosemary, Chair, Department of Education and School Psychology, John Carroll University
Paul Rowland, Former Dean, College of Education, University of Idaho
AG Rud, Former Dean, College of Education, Washington State University
Rose Rudnitski, Dean, School of Education, Mercy College
Michael R. Sampson, Dean, School of Education, St. John's University
* Deanna Sands, Dean, College of Education, Seattle University
Doris A. Santoro, Chair, Education Department, Bowdoin College
Eugene C. Schaffer, Former Chair, Department of Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County
* Kathy Schultz, Dean, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder
Deborah Shanley, Interim Dean, School of Education, Lehman College - City University of New York
Eugene P. Sheehan, Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of North Colorado
Ena Shelley, Dean, College of Education, Butler University
Lorrie Shepard, Former Dean, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder
Dawn Shinew, Dean, College of Education and Human Development, Bowling Green State University
Alan R. Shoho, Dean, School of Education, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Christopher Sindt, Dean, Kalmanovitz School of Education, Saint Mary's College of California
* Timothy Slekar, Dean, School of Education, Edgewood College
* Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Former Founding Dean, School of Education, Arcadia University
Joan K. Smith, Dean Emeritus, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma
Joshua Smith, Dean, School of Education, Loyola University Maryland
Thomas M. Smith, Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of California - Riverside
Lisa Smulyan, Former Chair, Department of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College
Roy Sonnema, Dean, College of Arts, Letters and Education, Eastern Washington University
Bruce Spitzer, Dean, School of Education, Quincy University
Melba Spooner, Dean, Reich College of Education, Appalachian State University
Janet Stocks, Dean, School of Education, Trinity Washington University
Susan Strehle, Interim Dean, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University SUNY
Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
Deborah Summers, Director, School of Education, California State University, Chico
Alfred W. Tatum, Dean, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ann Taylor, Interim Dean, College of Education, University of Missouri - St. Louis
* Kenneth Teitelbaum, Dean, College of Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Scott L. Thomas, Dean, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont
Josh Thomases, Dean, Bank Street College of Education
Mara Casey Tieken, Co-Chair, Education Department, Bates College
Eva Travers, Former Chair, Department of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College
Mike Trevisan, Dean, College of Education, Washington State University
* Mia Tuan, Dean, College of Education, University of Washington
Joelle Tutela, Director, College of Education, William Paterson University
Lelia L. Vickers, Dean, College of Education, Harris-Stowe State University
Carol Vukelich, Dean, School of Education, University of Delaware
Marue E. Walizer, Former Director, Program in Teacher Preparation, Princeton University
Cindy M. Walker, Dean, School of Education, Duquesne University
Andrew F. Wall, Dean, School of Education, University of Redlands
Judith Warren Little, Former Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of California - Berkeley
Kimberly A. White-Smith, Dean, LaFetra College of Education, University of La Verne
Felicia L. Wilczenski, Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dawn Williams, Interim Dean, School of Education, Howard University
* Monika Williams Shealey, Dean, College of Education, Rowan University
Karen K. Wixson, Dean Emerita, Schools of Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro and University of Michigan
Michael Wright, Dean, College of Education, University of Central Missouri
Marcie Wycoff-Horn, Dean, School of Education, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida
Donald B. Young, Dean, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Lydia Young, Interim Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Northeastern University
Sabrina Zirkel, Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University

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