Michael Dannenberg

Former Director and Schwartz Senior Fellow
Michael Dannenberg
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Michael Dannenberg is the founding Director of New America's Education Policy Program and was a Schwartz Senior Fellow until early 2010, when joined the Obama Administration's Department of Education. He created New America's influential education policy blogs and its mini-think tank, the Federal Education Budget Project. In 2007, New America's Higher Ed Watch blog broke repeated front-page news of a national student loan "pay for play" scandal involving improper payments among banks, colleges, and a number of financial aid officers. In conjunction with highlighting elements of the scandal, New America's Education Policy Program identified tens of billions of dollars in federal student loan program inefficiencies and proffered a series of remedies embraced in law.

Prior to joining New America, Dannenberg served as the Senior Education Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) for whom he played a significant role in drafting the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Finance Incentive Grant program, the Taxpayer-Teacher Protection Act, and the National Science Foundation Reauthorization Act. In 2005, National Journal named Dannenberg to "The Hill 100" list of Congress' most influential aides. He is recognized as a national expert on the No Child Left Behind Act, federal education budget, college admissions, student loan policy, and education politics on Capitol Hill. He and his work have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and The American Prospect. He has made broadcast appearances on CNN, CNBC, NPR, and the CBS News program, 60 Minutes. Dannenberg is a 1998 graduate of Yale Law School, holds a Master's degree in Education Policy and Administration from Stanford University, and earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University. He self-financed 100% of his post-secondary education with the aid of Pell grants, student loans, scholarships, and work. He's the first in his family to graduate from college.

Publications

Article | Nov 16, 2009 |
Article | Aug 28, 2009 | Los Angeles Times
Article | Aug 25, 2009 | Boston Globe
Article | Aug 19, 2009 | The American Prospect
Policy Paper | Feb 20, 2009 |
Article | Jan 12, 2009 | Washington Post
Article | Dec 21, 2008 | New York Daily News
Article | Aug 23, 2008 | Boston Globe
Article | Aug 20, 2008 | USA Today

Events

Event | Jun 12, 2008 |
Event | Sep 20, 2007 |
Event | May 21, 2007 |
Event | Oct 19, 2006 |
Event | Sep 18, 2006 | Washington
Event | Jul 27, 2006 |
Event | Jul 25, 2006 |

Blog Posts

Blog Post | Nov 17, 2009 |
Blog Post | Jan 7, 2009 |
Blog Post | Sep 3, 2008 |
Blog Post | May 22, 2008 |
Blog Post | Feb 21, 2008 |
Blog Post | Jan 22, 2008 |
Blog Post | Dec 11, 2007 |
Blog Post | Feb 15, 2007 |
Blog Post | Feb 6, 2007 |

Press

In the News Item | Dec 14, 2009 | Baltimore Sun
In the News Item | Dec 14, 2009 | The Associated Press
In the News Item | Dec 14, 2009 | TIME Magazine
In the News Item | Dec 14, 2009 | The Associated Press
In the News Item | Dec 13, 2009 | The Washington Post
In the News Item | Aug 27, 2009 | National Journal
In the News Item | Nov 20, 2008 | WNYC
In the News Item | Nov 4, 2008 | Inside Higher Ed

Related Programs

Areas of Expertise

Education, Family & Children, Fiscal Policy