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Kelly Flynn
Author, Columnist
Kids, Classrooms, and Capitol Hill

Kelly Flynn is the author of Kids, Classrooms, and Capitol Hill: A Peek Inside the Walls of America’s Public Schools (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

Kids, Classrooms, and Capitol Hill is a funny, edgy, poignant look at life in the classroom. Using anecdotes from her teaching career Kelly honors teachers and recognizes their challenges. She takes legislators to task for not including teachers in the education reform conversation. And she points out all of the ways NCLB has failed.

Kelly writes a weekly newspaper column covering education from an insider’s point of view. Her column, Inside Schools, has appeared on the op-ed page of The Flint Journal every Sunday for six years. It also ran in the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, MI, for three years. The column is a mix of poignant observations on life inside the classroom, and edgy, well-researched commentary on education reform.

Kelly taught English and journalism and advised student publications at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint for nearly 20 years.

She is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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Robert Matthews Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan
Terri Austin State of Indiana
Ken Feinberg The Feinberg Group
Deborah W. Meier NYU Steinhardt School of Education
Frank Hartmann Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
David Gragan Washington, DC

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