Donna Orem

Donna Orem is the president of National Association of Independent Schools. The association includes more than 1,600 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.

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Joya Misra

Joya Misra is a sociology and public policy professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Misra also is the director of the Institute for Social Science Research. Her area of expertise includes social inequality.

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Derek Black

Derek Black is a law professor at the University of South Carolina and an expert in education policy. Black wrote Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy.

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Claire Smrekar

Claire Smrekar is an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University. Her research includes studying the effects of private school markets and demographic trends on school voucher plans.

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Jennifer Hawks

Jennifer Hawks is associate general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. She provides legal analysis on church-state issues. In May 2020, her opinion piece titled “School voucher proponents are using the COVID-19 crisis to push for taxpayer money for religious education” was published by Baptist News Global.

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Ursula Hackett

Ursula Hackett is a senior lecturer in politics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Hackett is the author of America’s Voucher Politics: How Elites Learned to Hide the State.

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