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Dr. John H. Jackson

Other Titles:Adjunct Professor, Educator
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The Schott Foundation for Public Education recently announced that Dr. John H. Jackson, will become the Foundation’s new President as of July 2, 2007. Dr. Jackson joins The Schott Foundation after seven years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Dr. Jackson served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's National Director of Education. Before joining the NAACP, Dr. Jackson served in the Clinton Administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Jackson also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

In 2004, Dr. Jackson founded the National Equity Center Inc., a national non-profit established to promote diversity and democratic values by providing youth with leadership, academic, research and advocacy skills to eliminate existing local and national civil rights and social justice disparities. Earlier in his career he conducted research at The Harvard Civil Rights Project on civil rights issues and legislation related to racial disparities in housing, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and employment; he also evaluated institutional policies and court orders to assess the level of compliance with civil right laws and regulations.

"Dr. John Jackson has made many contributions to the NAACP and the movement for social justice over the past seven years. While we are sad to see him go, we are pleased that one of our own is moving forward to assist the Schott Foundation in advancing educational equity and access. We appreciate his leadership in building the NAACP's research and training capability and wish him the very best in his future endeavors", said NAACP Chairman, Julian Bond.

Dr. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Xavier University; A Master of Education degree in Education Policy from the University of Illinois' College of Education; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois' College of Law. In addition, Dr. Jackson received a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education’s vision is that all children—especially children that school systems have historically failed, such as poor children and children of color—graduate from excellent and well-resourced public schools capable of college success and full participation in a democratic society. Dr. Jackson has been chosen to lead the Foundation's report on "A Positive Future for Black Boys."

For more information about the Schott Foundation's "A Positive Future For Black Boys", visit:

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