Jan Resseger

About Jan Resseger

Jan Resseger serves as the (lay) Minister for Public Education and Witness in the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries. With Jan’s leadership the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries works for just reform in federal policy through an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, the current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Act. JWM also staffs work to support adequate and equitable school funding across the states; address academic achievement gaps, advocate for schools that welcome children from all races and cultures, and oppose privatization of public education services. Jan has chaired the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy since 2000. The committee has been working actively for just reform in the No Child Left Behind Act, releasing a statement, "Ten Moral Concerns in the No Child Left Behind Act," and in 2010, "Opportunity Gaps in Public Education Must Be Closed." Jan became involved in public education advocacy as a parent school funding advocate in the Ohio school district where her two children were educated. She is herself a product of public schools, graduating from Havre High School in Havre, Montana. She earned a B.A. degree from Grinnell College and M.A. degree from the University of Utah. She is a member of Plymouth United Church of Christ in greater Cleveland, Ohio.

New Orleans Model Is Not Such a Model After All

By janresseger | Originally Published at Jan Resseger. October 6, 2015 | Photographic Credit; New Orleans Tribune In the five years from 2006 to 2011, I visited New Orleans at least twice a year. I have been baffled since that time by the one-sided research created to [...]

New Orleans Model Is Not Such a Model After All2016-11-29T17:37:04-05:00

State School Takeovers Steal Democracy, Ignore Poverty

By Jan Resseger | Originally Published at janresseger. August 19, 2015< | Photographic Credit; It's time to attend to Concentrated Poverty, Democracy, and Education. The takeover of the public schools in New Orleans followed a natural catastrophe, the destruction of the city by Hurricane Katrina and the [...]

State School Takeovers Steal Democracy, Ignore Poverty2016-11-29T17:37:06-05:00