Charles Glenn

Professor of Education
Fellow of the University Professors Program

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PhD Boston University
EdD Harvard University
AB Harvard College

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Charles L. Glenn is professor of educational leadership, teaching courses in education history and US and comparative policy. From 1970 to 1991 he was director of urban education and equity efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Education, including administration of over $200 million in state funds for magnet schools and desegregation, and initial responsibility for… Read more

Charles L. Glenn is professor of educational leadership, teaching courses in education history and US and comparative policy. From 1970 to 1991 he was director of urban education and equity efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Education, including administration of over $200 million in state funds for magnet schools and desegregation, and initial responsibility for the nation’s first state bilingual education mandate and the law forbidding race and sex discrimination in education. His research in Europe and North America focuses on urban schooling, parental choice, schooling of linguistic and racial minority pupils, religion and education, history and sociology of education, reconciling national standards with school autonomy and distinctiveness, school desegregation and equity. He is vice president of an international organization promoting educational freedom and the right to education and serves on the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.

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  • Free Market Friday: Give them what they want

    September 25, 2014

    The Journal Record Charles Glenn, School of Education When it comes to improving education, what can Oklahoma learn from other countries?… Expert quote: “Every country in the world except North Korea, Vietnam and Cuba allows parents to choose schools. Every Western democracy except the United States provides public funding to support those choices.” View full […]

  • LETTERS: Charter schools achieving goals that have eluded Massachusetts for decades

    March 20, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) By Charles Glenn, School of Education From 1970 to 1991 I was the Massachusetts state official responsible for urban education and equity issues. Despite vigorous enforcement of the laws (including rulings in our favor by the Supreme Judicial Court) and hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding to 18 cities, […]

  • POV: Why Catholic Schools Have the Right to Fire Married Gay Staff

    February 5, 2014

    BU Today By Charles Glenn, School of Education The New York Times recently ran a front-page story about a Catholic school outside Seattle that fired an administrator who married another man. Just a week later, the front page of the Boston Globe featured a story about a Massachusetts Catholic school that canceled its job offer to a prospective food services director when […]

  • Incomplete assignment: 20 years of school reform in Bay State

    January 18, 2013

    Newton Tab Charles Glenn, School of Education Two decades after a sweeping law ushered in MCAS exams, charter schools and other major changes in the classroom, state leaders and experts say Massachusetts still has more homework to do on education reform… View article

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