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Interview with Gordon MacInnes

Gordon MacInnes served in the New Jersey State Senate (1994-98) and General Assembly (1974-76). He is currently a fellow at The Century Foundation and a consultant to the Foundation for Child Development. He was a lecturer and senior education policy expert from 2007 to 2009 at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 2002 to April 2007 he was assistant commissioner for Abbott Implementation for the New Jersey Department of Education, overseeing the implementation of Abbott v. Burke, the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling on school finance and academic achievement in the state’s poorest cities. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served from 1998 to 2002 as president of Citizens for Better Schools, a New Jersey–based nonprofit organization. He has also held positions that included chief executive of the New Jersey Network, director of the Fund for New Jersey, a special assistant to New Jersey Governor Richard J. Hughes, special assistant to the New Jersey commissioner of education, deputy director of the White House Task Force on the Cities, and director of program development for United Progress, Inc., the anti-poverty agency for Trenton. He is the author of Wrong for All the Right Reasons: How White Liberals Have Been Undone by Race (A Twentieth Century Fund Book published by NYU Press, 1996), and “Kids Who Pick the Wrong Parents and Other Victims of Voucher Schemes” (A Twentieth Century Fund/Century Foundation white paper, 1999). He holds a B.A. from Occidental College and an M.P.A. from The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he also served as a visiting senior fellow from1976 to1978 and again from 1998 to 1999. He has had numerous opinion pieces published in the Newark Star-Ledger, the Record of Hackensack, the Daily Record of Morris County, and the New Jersey section of the New York Times.


Interview on December 10, 2008 – Transcript Available Here (pdf)