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I was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. My mother is an immigrant from India. My father is African-American and grew up in South Carolina and New York City. I have one sister and two nephews.

I moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University when I was 18 and lived there for most of my adult life. Time away from New Orleans has included: Ghana (studying abroad), New Haven (law school at Yale), Sierra Leone (working at a war crimes tribunal), India (working with the Tibetan Government In-exile), and San Francisco, where I currently live.

I was part of the founding team, and eventually became CEO, of New Schools for New Orleans. In this role, I helped build the nation’s first school system where over 90% of students attend charter schools. As a result of this structural transition, New Orleans students are achieving at the highest levels in decades. A recent study found these reforms to have achieved a .2-.4 effect size, an effect previously unseen in city based reform.  Yet, despite this growth, the school system is far from excellent.

Currently, I’m a Senior Fellow at the John and Laura Arnold Foundation and CEO of the Hastings Fund.

This blog represents my views only.

7 thoughts on “About

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  3. Puget Sound Parent

    Mr. Kingsland: I intend no personal slight here, nor do I mean to be acrimonious but your “work” is reprehensible. You may be a good guy and a decent human being, but your actions, judgments and values are indicative of a sickening privatizer mentality.

    Your postings about the “gains” made by the charter “schools” in New Orleans are highly mendacious and deliberately deceptive.

    You define the word “sellout” and you’re shamefully joining up with those who consciously and intentionally are denying average, working people the right to organize in their workplace; a fundamental human right recognized by every human rights convention since the Holocaust.

    Shame on you.

    Now, you’ve accepted the job of “Intellectual Bagman” A.K.A. “Obsequious Shill,” doing Reed Hastings’ dirty work in a dirty war to phase out our public schools and eliminate publicly elected school boards.

    Do you think we’re unaware of The Internet? Or YouTube? Did you and your source of $$$ just forget that we can view Mr. Hastings gleefully tell people how he plans to trick the “dumb public” into letting him do away with taxpayer and citizen control of our public schools? Is Mr. Hastings obtuse on some fundamental level, or just arrogant to the point of being delusional? For a Bowdoin and Stanford graduate, he certainly has a stupid side.

    And you—another academically gifted individual—is lining up to sell your soul for a few pieces of silver. I feel sorry for you and the bad associations that will forever be linked to your family name.


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  5. Theis Clarke

    Congratulations Neerav! This is great. I for one think the author of the previous comment is somewhat overstating how much of a monster you are. Judas Iscariot? sure. But bringing up the Holocaust might be a stretch. Plus, anyone who has to put quotes around dumb public clearly isn’t up on his PT Barnum. Good luck with the new job, and it’s fun to see old classmates making good.

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  6. Dr. Argus

    From extensive Human Services work over the past decade, a few PK – 12 insights have presented themselves to us: children do not exist in a vacuum, strategic partnerships provide for the most comprehensive supports, opportunity youth have a value system all their own that IS penetrable, and skill development leads to success.

    We use proprietary achievement algorithms to factor in real life (social determinants). We are experts in Human Services and adult education. What if we could build better bridges between at-risk youth and their teachers? Teachers and families? Schools and the community?

    Crane can. Talk to us.



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