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Brian Backstrom

Brian Backstrom


Brian currently serves as the Director of Education Policy Studies at the Rockefeller Institute for Government. He is also the president of Great Schools for All Children and an independent consultant on K-12 education reform issues involving innovation, accountability, and choice. 

Brian previously served as president of the Albany-based Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, a privately funded nonprofit policy research organization that investigated, crafted, and advocated for bold changes in the education landscape such as mayoral control of cities’ public schools, school-choice vouchers and innovative scholarship programs, state and parent takeovers of failing schools, and education tax credits. He is one of the founders and chief architects of New York’s early charter school movement, and is a principal player in some of the unique charter school efforts in the state. Brian also serves as the Co-Board Chair at the Henry Johnson Charter School. He is an alumnus of the University of Rochester with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis.

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