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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

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.

Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control

The charter phenomenon is also reinventing the school district.

What Will the Next Twenty-Five Years of Charter Schools Look Like?

June 4 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of Minnesota’s charter school law, the nation’s first.

Charter Schools: Taking Stock

It’s time to review the progress of the charter movement and the challenges that lie ahead, what we’ve done right as well as where we’ve gone astray..

NOT Your Mother’s PTA

Advocacy groups raise money, voices, hopes

Charters Beset

New obstacles to continuing growth

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