In partnership with the National Education Policy Center, we have created a collective statement on Public Education, Democracy, and the Role of the Federal Government, and are now gathering endorsements from current and former deans of colleges and schools of education (or directors or chairs of education departments where there is no separate school of education). Click here to read the press release announcing this statement. We encourage you to endorse the statement, and then to invite colleagues to do the same. Declaration of Principles

Education Deans for Justice and Equity

Public education has, in many ways, functioned historically to sort and marginalize various groups, and so-called “reforms” often exacerbate the problems.  The purposes and the promises of public education are to prepare all students to succeed and flourish in life, and we insist this cannot be done without explicitly and intentionally addressing inequities and injustices in education, particularly regarding nationality, language, race, social class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, and other dimensions of diversity.   As deans of education, we have a moral responsibility to act on the following principles, individually and collectively.


Mission Statement

Education Deans for Justice and Equity (EDJE) is a nationwide alliance of education deans that advances equity and justice in education by speaking and acting collectively and in solidarity with communities regarding policies, reform proposals, and public debates.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe public education is a basic human right and an essential cornerstone of a democratic society.
  • We believe in the importance of taking action to resist policies and practices of discrimination and exclusion.
  • We believe in protecting and advocating for the well-being and dignity of all children, families, and communities.
  • We believe that the structures of poverty and inequality, which have a profound impact on educational attainment, must be dismantled.
  • We believe schools and colleges of education have a moral responsibility to listen to and learn from communities that have not been well-served by public education.
  • We believe that this national network of deans and other educators will influence, inform, and challenge policies, reform proposals, public debates, and social movements.

Our group is still forming with more works in progress, so please stay tuned!


Education Deans for Justice and Education