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Bruno V. Manno

Bruno V. Manno is Senior Advisor for K – 12 Education Reform with the Walton Family Foundation. Prior to that, he was Senior Program Associate for Education with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Before coming to the Casey Foundation, Manno was Senior Fellow in the Education Policy Studies Program at the Hudson Institute, where he held several positions including executive director of the National Commission on Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and executive director of the Congressionally created National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education. From 1986 to 1993, he worked in the United States Department of Education, holding several senior positions—including Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander and Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning. He is the co-author with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Gregg Vanourek of Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education; co-author with Peter Frumkin and Nell Edgington of The Strategic Management of Charter Schools: Frameworks and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs; co-editor with Frederick M. Hess of Customized Schooling: Beyond Whole School Reform as well as many articles on K – 12 education policy and reform. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation as well as other non-profit boards, including Education Sector and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. from Boston College.

Published Articles & Media

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School fourth-grader Ayla Einhorn works on her computer as students and parents attend distance learning Zoom classes at Midtown Terrace Playground in San Francisco.

Pluralism Is Growing in K-12 Education

Exit, voice, loyalty and the Covid-19 shock
A hand inserting a key into the lock of a doornob

Generation Z and Millennials Believe in the American Dream, New Survey Finds

More than 80 percent see link between hard work, success
Students at Cal State-LA collaborate as part of an advanced vehicle technology competition. The public university campus scored highest in the nation in one ranking measuring upward mobility rates.

Why So Many People Are Disappointed With Their Educations—And How To Start Fixing It.

Alternative pathways can help students find a “vocational self” and upward mobility
Students standing in a circle with the word "CHOICE" written within.

Majority of U.S. Students Now Exercise School Choice

A week to celebrate those voting with their feet.

What Jobs Do Learners Hire Education To Do After High School?

Interviews shed light on student motives, from ‘get away’ to ‘step it up.’

A New High School Movement Rises

“Faster and cheaper” paths to careers

How K12 Can Strengthen Pathways between Education and Employment

Many young people experience buyer’s remorse about their college and K-12 school experiences — a sense that their education did not prepare them to succeed in the workplace or in life.

What Governors Should Know About K-12 School Quality and the Economy

A governor’s efforts to improve a state’s economy must include strengthening K-12 school quality.

Remembering “A Nation At Risk”: Reflections on Politics and Policy

Standards-based reforms, choice-based reforms, and an expanded NAEP came to dominate education reform discussions in the report's wake.

Three Ways Charters Reform and Improve Our Schools

Chartering has not been a single experiment or the product of a single vision, theory or doctrine.

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