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Fordham GSE’s Barbara L. Jackson Lecture Features Education Equity

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The recent Fordham Graduate School of Education’s 5th annual Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D. Lecture Series featured Howard L. Fuller, Ph.D., who spoke on “Educational Options and Systems to Support Equity in Urban Education.” GSE Dean Virginia Roach introduced Fuller to the audience and recognized members of Barbara Jackson’s family in the audience that evening.

Dr. Fuller, a distinguished professor of education and founder/director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, is a renowned advocate for exemplary education options that transform learning for children while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children. Prior to his appointment at Marquette University, he served as superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools from June 1991 to June 1995. During that time, Dr. Fuller became nationally known for his support for fundamental educational reform.

Dr. Fuller delivered a direct and passionate message: “I don’t believe that we’ll ever achieve any type of equity or even equality for the children of the families of the disinherited of America,” he said. And further, “I don’t believe the American body politic writ large cares about these children.” On a more positive note, he stated that a measure of justice is possible, and advocated for radical changes to public education. “We need to create new systems of learning opportunities based on a totally different governance and finance structure—one that puts all of this stuff in the interest of students first, allows dollars to follow students, and holds adults accountable for not having our students achieve,” he said.

The annual GSE lecture series honors Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D., who was professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy at the Graduate School of Education from 1987 to 2008, and served as chair of the division from 1997 to 2003. The GSE established this lecture series in her name to honor her distinguished scholarship and notable contributions to the field of educational leadership.

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