Christopher Edley, Jr.

Christopher Edley
Christopher Edley, Jr.
Former Dean Emeritus and The Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law,
University of California, Berkeley

Christopher Edley, Jr. was a former faculty director at PACE, as well as the cofounder and president emeritus of the Opportunity Institute. He was appointed by Secretary Arne Duncan to cochair the congressionally chartered National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence. He was dean emeritus and the Honorable William H. Orrick Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught administrative law and education law. Edley also taught at Harvard Law School, where he cofounded the Harvard Civil Rights Project. He served in White House policy and budget positions and held senior positions in five presidential campaigns. Edley received his JD and MPP from Harvard University.

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Publications by Christopher Edley, Jr.
Critical Actions for Recovery and the Role of Research in the Years Ahead
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently issued a report providing guidance on the future of education research at the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research, two centers directed by…
What California’s Leaders Must Do Next to Advance Student Learning During COVID-19
On July 17th, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that all K–12 schools in California counties with rising COVID-19 infections would be required to teach remotely. Without a strong focus on improving the quality of remote education at scale, students…
A Review of Getting Down to Facts II Findings
This paper focuses on implications for equity in the research findings of Getting Down to Facts II (GDFTII). Policymakers changed education funding and governance with the 2014 enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Gov. Jerry Brown’…