Janet Kishbaugh

Janet Kishbaugh, Co-Chair
Georgia Coalition for Public Education

About the Speaker

Janet Kishbaugh has lobbied for responsible public education policy for all Georgia students since 2013, working with Southern Education Foundation and other advocacy groups.  In 2015, she co-founded Public Education Matters Georgia. As a representative of Public Education Matters Georgia, Janet served on the Steering Committee of the Keep Georgia Schools Local campaign. In 2016 that campaign defeated a proposed amendment to Georgia’s constitution which would have allowed the state to take over struggling schools and run them through a state-wide Opportunity School District. Following that success, the campaign reconstituted itself as the Georgia Coalition for Public Education; Janet serves as its Co-Chair.

Janet’s experience as a litigation attorney in several major law firms in New York and Atlanta, and her policy work for an Atlanta City Councilmember, sharpened her skills in analyzing and explaining the often complex education legislation introduced at the Georgia Capitol.  As part of her work at Public Education Matters Georgia, she researches education issues and provides information to communities upon request.

Janet was born in Georgia and is a product of K-12 public education. She enrolled her two daughters in public school and became an active parent advocate on behalf of all public school children.

Janet received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.  

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