Christopher Edley

In a tumultuous presidential campaign season, a rare spotlight on education issues

Christopher Edley, Jr. quoted by Chalkbeat, Oct. 14, 2016

Clinton supports charters, “but there are very important caveats,” Edley said. “She believes we should … get back to one of the principal purposes of charters, which was to innovate and then export successful innovations to the rest of the public school system. We just haven’t done that,” he said. “Let’s be much more intentional about exporting the successes, and about closing down the charters that are not performing up to expectations.”

Edley rebounds, renews fight for social equity

Christopher Edley, Jr., and Ann O’Leary cited in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, March 3, 2016

“This new organization is combating the cycle of poverty with a cycle of opportunity, attacking the obstacles to success at critical stages in life,” Edley said. “Our approach to complex challenges is unique. We work across traditional issue silos and disciplinary perspectives, using an exceptionally broad range of tools to promote change at the local, state and national levels.”


The other co-founder of Opportunity Institute is Ann O’Leary, a senior policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

New nonprofit aims to push for social mobility, educational equity

Christopher Edley quoted in The Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2016

“There are tremendous advantages to putting together an effort that looks across the entire range of education issues from early childhood all the way to early career,” Edley said. It helps with coordinating and integrating policies that affect different parts of children’s lives, he said, and it helps with building coalitions that can get work done.

Edley: ‘Several missing pieces to the current batch of reforms’

Christopher Edley interviewed by EdSource, Sept. 22, 2015

“I am a huge supporter of Common Core. But I have not seen concerted attention to the schools and teachers serving poor kids to make sure they get the extra resources they need to implement the Common Core as effectively as it will be in affluent districts.”