The Godfather of Fair Student Funding- Robert Gordon. Will the new UFT contract change the system?

Are you a staff member or parent who is wondering why schools are consistently hiring fresh out of college teachers and not retaining experienced staff members?

Look no further than Robert Gordon. He developed the Fair Student Funding for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein. In sum and substance, the system took away centrally funding staff and connected individual salaries to the principal’s own budget.

You are a principal. You have a vacancy. Who are you going to hire? A veteran teacher of 22 years, that is making $113,000, OR a new teacher making $54,000?

Can we thank Robert Gordon below, or can we thank Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina for keeping the system? Can we thank our UFT leadership for quickly endorsing the mayor without asking for anything in return?

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Senior Vice President, Finance and Global Strategy – The College Board

Robert Gordon leads strategy, finance, research, and international efforts for the College Board, working to make sure that our programs and investments help all students succeed in college and career.

Robert joined the College Board from the U.S. Department of Education, where he served as acting assistant secretary at the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. Previously he served as acting deputy director at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Robert has been described as the quarterback for the Obama Administration’s evidence-based policymaking initiatives, which closely tied program funding to quality evaluation.

Previously, Robert held a key role at the New York City Department of Education, orchestrating a fair student funding approach that has persisted through multiple school chancellors, served as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a law guardian at the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York, and a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Robert earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University. He has two children.

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