George Parker

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George Parker, a distinguished educator and expert on teaching and school governance, has joined the National Alliance as a senior advisor with a focus on school support.

George spent 30 years as a math teacher and educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools. For six years, he served as president of the Washington Teachers’ Union. During his tenure, he negotiated a groundbreaking collective bargaining agreement that implemented innovations in teacher pay, tenure and transfer policies, professional development, and equity in classroom resources. He subsequently played a major role in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the first local school-based shared decision-making model in the District. George frequently serves as an expert witness in support of legislation aimed at improving teacher quality, elevating the teaching profession, and promoting school choice. He also engages community organizations and serves on panels across the country to discuss policies related to student achievement, school choice, teacher and principal evaluations, teacher pay, community engagement, and labor relations.

Prior to joining the National Alliance, George worked with the StudentsFirst Institute as a senior fellow to successfully impact education reform nationally. He is a first-generation college graduate, having received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Science degree in school administration from Trinity University. He continues to maintain a certified teaching license and is a highly qualified math teacher. George is also a former performer, producer, and songwriter for the 70/80’s R&B recording group Special Delivery. He has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the world-renowned Apollo Theater.

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Senior Advisor, School Support