Christopher Edley, Jr.

Christopher Edley
Christopher Edley, Jr.
Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education and The Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law,
University of California, Berkeley

Christopher Edley, Jr. is the Interim Dean for the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley as of 2021. He is also the co-founder and president emeritus of the Opportunity Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving cradle-to-career educational opportunities to help eradicate poverty and racial inequality. He co-chaired the congressionally chartered National Commission on Education Equity and Excellence (2011-13), appointed by Secretary Arne Duncan. Dr. Edley, Jr. was Dean of UC Berkeley Law School (2004-13) and continues there as The Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law, teaching administrative law and education law. Before UC Berkeley, he was a professor at Harvard Law School for 23 years, where he co-founded the Harvard Civil Rights Project with Professor Gary Orfield. Dr. Edley also served in White House policy and budget positions under presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and held senior positions in five presidential campaigns: Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Howard Dean, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

Publications by Christopher Edley, Jr.
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’…