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Jamie Gass: K-12 school choice and the liberal arts: The student fellows lecture

October 29, 4:30PM ,

School choice provides the best possibility for America’s K-12 schoolchildren to access the high-quality liberal arts curriculum found in excellent public, private, and parochial schools, as well as preparation for higher education. Jamie Gass, director of the Center for School Reform at the Boston-based think tank Pioneer Institute, will discuss a variety of school options, the legal and political barriers to greater choice, and the importance of time-tested academic content in primary and secondary education.

Jamie Gass
Jamie Gass
Director of the Centre for School Reform at Pioneer Institute

Jamie Gass is Pioneer Institute’s Director of the Center for School Reform. At Pioneer, he has framed, commissioned, and managed over 100 research papers and numerous policy events on K-12 education reform topics, including several with Pulitzer Prize-winning historians. Jamie has more than two decades of experience in public administration and education reform at the state, municipal, and school district levels. Previously, he worked at the Massachusetts Office of Educational Quality and Accountability as Senior Policy Analyst-Technical Writer and in the state budget office under two Massachusetts governors. In the 1990s, Jamie worked for the Dean of the Boston University School of Education/Boston University Management Team in its historic partnership with the Chelsea Public Schools. He has appeared on various Boston media outlets, as well as talk radio shows throughout the country. He has been quoted in Bloomberg/Businessweek, The Economist, Education Week, and The Boston Globe, and his op-eds are regularly published in New England newspapers, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Hechinger Report, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, Education Next, and City Journal. He’s won school reform awards in Massachusetts and Florida for his work on U.S. History/civic education, vocational-technical schools, and digital learning. Jamie speaks on academic standards, school choice options, and school accountability at events across the country.

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Over the last nine years, The Pioneer Institute has hosted a who’s who of the best national experts in online learning for events in Massachusetts. These PI virtual learning events include keynotes from: Sal Khan, Julie Young, Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, Paul Peterson, former MA Gov. Jane Swift, Heather Staker, and Susan Patrick.
, Michael Horn, PI podcast, April 17, 2020 Julie Young, PI policy brief, April 13, 2020 Jim Stergios, Boston Globe op-ed, March 3, 2020 Julie Young, PI podcast, Feb. 7 2020 Julie Young, op-ed in MA regional papers, Sept. 2017 PI’s Jamie Gass honored by FLVS, fall 2013 Michael Holt, PI event 2013 Julie Young, PI event 2013 PI paper 2013 on starting online school, PI event 2012 with Susan Patrick & Julie Young, policy paper on regulating virtual schools PI paper & 2011 event on virtual learning, Julie Young FLVS & former Gov. Jane Swift of Middlebury Interactive Languages Sal Khan speech at PI LCP, 2011