Christopher Edley

Opinion: Just as schools were becoming safer, Trump ‘safety’ commission likely to halt progress

Christopher Edley writes an Op-Ed for The Hill, December 12, 2018

In a move likely to make schools significantly less safe, President Trump’s school “safety” commission is about to release a report expected to recommend the cancellation of the Obama administration’s guidance on school discipline that has helped schools find productive alternatives to student suspensions and expulsions.

Does online reinforce the color line?

Christopher Edley quoted by Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2018

The idea is similar to what then dean of Berkeley Law Chris Edley suggested for the University of California almost 10 years ago — an 11th UC campus that would be all online. The background assumption has remained the same: ed tech has moved the cost-quality curve, so online college is both better and cheaper than face-to-face.

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.