Chris Barbic

Chris Barbic is a senior education fellow for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, where he works to advance the portfolio model of school governance in cities across the country in order to increase student achievement. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as founding superintendent of the Achievement School District (ASD) in Tennessee. In that role, he led the development and operations of a statewide school district designed to transform Tennessee’s Priority Schools, those categorized as being in the state’s bottom 5 percent. Under his leadership, the ASD opened and authorized 33 new schools in four years, serving nearly 10,000 students. Prior to leading the ASD, he founded YES Prep Public Schools in 1998, and subsequently led the organization for 13 years. YES Prep is a Houston-based charter management organization (CMO) that exists to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from four-year colleges. Mr. Barbic began his career as a Teach For America corps member and taught middle school English in the Houston Independent School District, where he was named the district’s Outstanding Young Educator in 1994. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

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