Charles Barone
Policy Director


  • No Child Left Behind
  • Politics

Charles Barone is the director of policy at Democrats for Education Reform and Education Reform Now. He has led DFER/ERN’s efforts advising President Obama’s 2008 transition team, advocating for state reforms under Obama’s Race to the Top initiative, and setting DFER’s policy agenda at the state and federal level in areas including accountability and testing, teacher preparation and charter schools. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on education policy and politics in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, trade publications and mainstream media. A Capitol Hill veteran, Barone was a top education advisor to the late Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) and to U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), under whom he acted as lead negotiator for House Democrats on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Before his entry into Washington politics, Barone was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychology at Yale University. He has a doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.