No issue in American life today is more important for American Jews—or for American civilization—than the future of our schools. A series of innovative reforms—including charter schools, education savings accounts, and school choice programs—provide a potential new opportunity to expand the range of options for Jewish families. What is at stake for Jews and Christians alike in the state-level and national school choice debates? And how could school choice programs around the country unleash a new age of Jewish educational entrepreneurship?
Yehoshua (Jason) Bedrick is Director of Policy at EdChoice. Previously, he was a Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He also served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was a Research Fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, where he focused on educational choice. Mr. Bedrick received his Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus in education policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the Rabbinical College of America and a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College.
Dr. Eva S. Moskowitz
Eva Moskowitz is the Founder and CEO of Success Charter Network, which runs four charter schools in Harlem. In 2006, Eva founded Harlem Success Academy, hailed by New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein as “one of the best charter schools in the country” and cited by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for its “amazing performance.” She opened three more charter schools in 2008 and plans to open 40 over the next decade.
A former New York City Council Member and Chair of the Council’s education committee, Dr. Moskowitz remains a forceful advocate for education but has returned to her roots in teaching to implement all she learned while visiting hundreds of New York City’s 1,300 public and charter schools.
She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American history at Johns Hopkins University.