Janel George

Senior Policy Advisor

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Janel George is a Senior Policy Advisor who co-leads the Equitable Resources and Access team and is the lead author of the report, The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promise and Present Challenges. Her work focuses on community schools, racial equity, education as a civil right, school choice, and other issues that shape equity and access in public schools. She has over a decade of experience working on legislative and policy advocacy and analysis, including as a legal fellow, Counsel, and Director with several nonprofits. She also served as Legislative Counsel in both the House of Representatives and the Senate during which her legislative portfolio included child welfare and education issues. As an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., George worked with several campaigns and coalitions to use legislative and policy advocacy to advance equal educational opportunity, and she co-authored the report Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, as well as law review articles on race and gender and the school-to-prison pipeline. She also helped to advance the federal policy work of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, including securing provisions promoting positive and inclusive school climates in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Her previous work also includes serving as an adjunct professor with Georgetown University Law Center and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

George received a B.A. in English from Spelman College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

For more about Janel George’s work, see list below.

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  • Education and the Path to Equity blog series, featuring Janel George

    Federal Action Removes Long-Standing Obstacle to School Integration

    Mar 03 2021
    The removal of all prohibitions on the use of federal school transportation funds to support school integration signals a hopeful shift in federal support of voluntary local school desegregation efforts—and the availability of much-needed resources to support them. This is particularly significant as the country is experiencing rates of school resegregation that rival those that preceded Brown v. Board of Education.
  • Blog

    How Will Each of Us Contribute to Racial Justice and Educational Equity Now?

    Jun 04 2020
    Those of us who work in education must acknowledge that our school systems have been complicit in perpetuating systemic racism, including through the criminalization and marginalization of Black children. Our goal in this moment must be to dismantle these discriminatory policies and replace them with approaches that honor the dignity of the lives of Black children as they do of all children.
  • Cover photo for The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promise and Present Challenges

    The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promise and Present Challenges

    Feb 28 2019
    Public schools are increasingly segregated along both racial and socioeconomic lines and many of the most extremely segregated schools are also the most under-resourced, plagued by inexperienced educators, lack of access to quality curriculum, and lack of quality facilities or access to technology. Although integrated education is not a panacea, diverse learning environments benefit all students and the federal government plays a critical role in fostering school diversity.
  • Issue

    Equitable School Finance

    A large body of recent research shows that investing wisely in schools improves a range of student outcomes. The schools that receive less funding are usually those with large populations of students from low-income families, students of color, and students with disabilities. Those funding disparities lead to disparities in educational outcomes. Research from the Learning Policy Institute and others identifies the causes, impacts, and solutions to address inequitable school funding.
  • Community Schools project

    Community Schools

    Responding to growing interest in community schools among educators, community groups, and policymakers, LPI explores community schools as a strategy to advance equity and support student and family well-being and academic success. Our work is grounded in an in-depth analysis of 143 research studies on the impact of community schools on student and school outcomes and includes a variety of resources and tools to support understanding and implementation of this evidenced-based strategy.