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Christopher Edley in the news:

In a tumultuous presidential campaign season, a rare spotlight on education issues

Christopher Edley, Jr. quoted by Chalkbeat, Oct. 14, 2016

Clinton supports charters, “but there are very important caveats,” Edley said. “She believes we should … get back to one of the principal purposes of charters, which was to innovate and then export successful innovations to the rest of the public school system. We just haven’t done that,” he said. “Let’s be much more intentional about exporting the successes, and about closing down the charters that are not performing up to expectations.”

Edley rebounds, renews fight for social equity

Christopher Edley, Jr., and Ann O’Leary cited in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, March 3, 2016

“This new organization is combating the cycle of poverty with a cycle of opportunity, attacking the obstacles to success at critical stages in life,” Edley said. “Our approach to complex challenges is unique. We work across traditional issue silos and disciplinary perspectives, using an exceptionally broad range of tools to promote change at the local, state and national levels.”


The other co-founder of Opportunity Institute is Ann O’Leary, a senior policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Former dean of Berkeley Law School co-founds nonprofit dedicated to education equity

Christopher Edley quoted in The Daily Californian, Feb. 19, 2016

“In the longer run, we hope to play an important role in building and supporting a national network of equity-oriented efforts to improve educational opportunities,” Edley said.

New institute focused on educational opportunity opens in Berkeley

Christopher Edley quoted in EdSource, Feb. 17, 2016

“We will be looking at problems of opportunity and equity within the framework of education, such as health and social service interventions that are needed to support student success,” Edley said.

New nonprofit aims to push for social mobility, educational equity

Christopher Edley quoted in The Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2016

“There are tremendous advantages to putting together an effort that looks across the entire range of education issues from early childhood all the way to early career,” Edley said. It helps with coordinating and integrating policies that affect different parts of children’s lives, he said, and it helps with building coalitions that can get work done.

Berkeley nonprofit launches with ‘cradle-to-career’ approach

Christopher Edley quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2016

“We take a cradle-to-career approach to ways education policy changes could improve opportunities for upward mobility and equity,” Edley said.

To expand opportunity, expand the promise of education

Christopher Edley writes for The Huffington Post: HuffPost Education, Feb. 16, 2016

Education is the key to make opportunity less serendipitous and more systemic for all of us. True educational opportunity is the best path to the promised land where difference is not destiny and dreams are not coded by color or class. But narrowly understood, it is not enough.

Edley: ‘Several missing pieces to the current batch of reforms’

Christopher Edley interviewed by EdSource, Sept. 22, 2015

“I am a huge supporter of Common Core. But I have not seen concerted attention to the schools and teachers serving poor kids to make sure they get the extra resources they need to implement the Common Core as effectively as it will be in affluent districts.”

It’s not the old days, but Berkeley sees a new spark of protest

Christopher Edley Jr. quoted in The New York Times, December 9, 2014

“I doubt it’s that important in attracting undergraduates, who come because it has long been ranked the best public university in the world and remains affordable,” said Christopher Edley Jr. … “But once you are here, there are weird ions in the air.”

Christopher Edley steps down as law school dean

Christopher Edley re-quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2013

Edley said his “health problems are more than worrisome, but much less than dire…. These developments have reminded me again how short life can be, and, for that reason, I feel an urgency to turn to some other professional goals I will pursue while continuing with you as a faculty colleague. Chief among these will be public education equity and excellence.”

The dean’s comments were also cited in Above the Law, August 21, 2013

The fix is in

Christopher Edley quoted in Accuracy in Academia, April 16, 2013

“There was very little, if any, support—maybe two or three people—for vouchers on the commission,” Christopher Edley, who chaired the congressionally chartered National Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education, said in answer to Stanley’s point…. “Our conclusion was that we don’t think that charter schools are going to lead to reform.”

Commission’s report outlines education priorities

Christopher Edley, Jr. interviewed by National Public Radio, February 22, 2013

“The schools with high concentrations of poverty also tend to be the schools that have higher costs because of special-needs students, because of English language learners. But they, as well, tend to be the schools that have a disproportionate number of weakly trained teachers. The bottom line, though, is that only about one in five American students is performing at the average level of the handful of leading countries.”

Rich-poor spending gap on schools hurts kids, report says

Christopher Edley Jr. quoted in McClatchy Newspapers, February 19, 2013

Commission co-Chairman Christopher Edley Jr., the dean of the law school at the University of California at Berkeley, said the group’s work was a long-term project. Even if nothing happens immediately, he said, it was important to “kick-start a stronger movement” to promote the idea of education equity across the country.

Education panel: to close achievement gap, urgent state, federal action needed

Christopher Edley Jr. quoted in The Washington Post, February 19, 2013

“This is about all levels of government,” said Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the University of California at Berkeley Law School and the commission’s co-chair. “This is a proposed agenda for everyone who’s concerned with the fate of our children and of our public education system.”

College dropout crisis revealed in ‘American Dream’ 2.0 report

Christopher Edley, Jr., cited in Huffington Post, College, January 24, 2013

An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what it calls a growing higher education dropout crisis and seeks to fix it in part by linking financial aid with successful graduation…. Members of the coalition include Sandy Baum, a Skidmore economist influential on higher education policy, and Christopher Edley, Jr., dean of University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Jerry Brown carries the day on online classes at UC, CSU

Christopher Edley, Jr. quoted in The Sacramento Bee, January 17, 2013

Christopher Edley, the dean of UC Berkeley’s law school and a central figure in UC’s existing efforts online, suggested UC may not be prepared to fully embrace Brown’s vision. “I’m not sure, governor, that UC—that the University of California system of governance—is up to the challenge of leading on this issue,” Edley said. “Every day we see a couple of news accounts of other institutions that are being bolder and more innovative.”

Will Obama discuss race in his 2nd term?

Christopher Edley, Jr., quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, January 6, 2013

“Obama teaches the nation about race just by being before our eyes and on our minds every day,” Edley said. But in the “cold politics of race,” he said, any attempt from the liberal side to add a racial perspective to national debates is likely to backfire―in particular, if it comes from a nonwhite president…. “I don’t expect a pragmatist like Obama to change his leadership style to that of moral crusader.”

Love in bloom—listen to the bugles

Christopher Edley, Lucy Buchanan in San Francisco Chronicle, November 14, 2012

The organizers of the 100th anniversary gala of Boalt Hall—UC Berkeley’s law school—made good use of this knowledge when they hired Buchanan to organize their big party, in Pauley Ballroom on Friday night. The speeches were witty: Cryogenics might make it possible for alums to be around for the 200th anniversary, said Dean Chris Edley, but “the longer you stick around the more time you’ll be asked to contribute.”

Question for the victor: how far do you push?

Christopher Edley quoted in The New York Times, November 7, 2012

“Will he be more pugnacious and more willing to swing for the fences on domestic issues, judicial appointments and so forth?” asked Christopher Edley Jr., a dean of the law school at the University of California, Berkeley, and a longtime Obama friend who has been disappointed at times. “You can react to a narrow victory by trimming your sails, or you can decide ‘What the hell, let’s sail into the storm and make sure this has meant something.'”

Garnet weekend hosts events for faculty, alumni, students and families

Christopher Edley quoted in The Phoenix, November 1, 2012

“Students will discover that when they become alumni, they will take any opportunity to come back and visit,” said Christopher Edley Jr. ’73, Dean of UC-Berkeley Boalt School of Law and speaker of the highlight of the weekend, the McCabe Lecture entitled “Creating the K-16 Education System American Needs.”