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What pivotal school board races in Los Angeles and Dallas mean
School boards long have had clout, but they are even more important now that the Every Student Succeeds Act transfers more power to the states to raise academic standards and determine whether students are meeting them. As more decisions become local, school trustees are ever more responsible for both understanding and embracing the reforms that will lead to greater student achievement. Data and accountability matter. Without them, we simply can’t know how well every student is learning and where to intervene appropriately to keep students on a path to success.
Today, we look at pivotal school board races in the Dallas and Los Angeles school districts, respectively. Those two districts are among the largest in America, so what happens in them impacts many students and could cause other districts to pay attention.
Anne Wicks, the Ann Kimball Johnson Director of the Education Reform Initiative, develops and oversees the policy, research, and engagement work of the Education Reform team. Before joining the Bush Institute, Wicks served as an Associate Dean at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education where she lead a team with revenue, communications, and engagement goals. Additionally, she supported Dean Karen Symms Gallagher on a variety of special projects including the launch and early growth of Ednovate Charter Schools. She currently serves as the chair of PMC Support, a supporting organization for Ednovate Schools, and she serves as a board member for Dallas Afterschool. Over her career, she has held management roles at organizations including Teach for America, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, and Stanford University.
Anne holds a B.A. in American Studies and a M.A. in Education from Stanford University (during which she taught 8th grade social studies), as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. A former captain of Stanford's women's volleyball team, Anne was part of three national championship teams, two as a player and one as an assistant coach.Full Bio