Preston Green III

John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education

Educational Leadership


John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education
Professor of Educational Leadership and Law

Academic Degrees:

Ed.D., Educational Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1995
J.D., Columbia University, 1992
B.A., Government, University of Virginia, 1989

Areas of Expertise:

Charter Schools

Educational Equity

Educational Leadership

Educational Policy

School Choice


Preston Green is a professor of educational leadership and law at the University of Connecticut and the John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education at the Neag School. At the University of Connecticut, Dr. Green helped develop the UCAPP Law Programwhich enables participants to obtain a law degree and school administrator certification at the same time. Dr. Green also developed the School Law Online Graduate Certificate, a 12-credit online program that helps educators, administrators and policy makers understand the legal dimension of K-12 education.

Before coming to the University of Connecticut, he was the Harry Lawrence Batschelet II Chair Professor of Educational Administration at Penn State, where he was also a professor of education and law and the program coordinator of Penn State’s educational leadership program. In addition, Dr. Green was the creator of Penn State’s joint degree program in law and education. Further, he ran the Law and Education Institute at Penn State, a professional development program that teaches, administrators, and attorneys about educational law.

At the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Green was an associate professor of education. He also served as the program coordinator of educational administration and Assistant Dean of Pre-Major Advising Services.

Dr. Green has written five books and numerous articles and book chapters pertaining to educational law. He primarily focuses on the legal and policy issues pertaining to educational access and school choice.

Recent Publications:

Green, P., & Eckes, S. (forthcoming). All Aboard!: Making charter school boards all-purpose actors under the Supreme Court’s Amtrak case. Drake Law Review.

Baker, B., Di Carlo, M., & Green, P. (2023). Understanding the first, second, and third order effects on disparities in K-12 funding and outcomes. Poverty & Race Research Action Journal, 32(2).

Eckes, S., & Green, P. (2022). The U.S. Supreme Court paves pathway to attend publicly funded religious schools: The potential for discriminatory practices. Religion and Education. DOI: 10.1080/15507394.2022.2127629. 

Eckes, S., & Green, P. (2022). Carson v. Makin: Implications for students’ civil rights in taxpayer funded religious schools. Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion.

Green, P., & Connery, C. (2022). Beware of educational blackmail: How can we apply lessons from environmental justice to urban charter school growth? South Carolina Law Review, 73, 643-74.

Green, P., Mead, J., & Eckes, E. (2021). Covenants to discriminate: How the anti-LGBT policies of participating voucher schools might violate the state action doctrine. University of New Hampshire Law Review, 19, 163-95.

Green, P., Baker, B., & Oluwole, J. (2021). School finance, race, and reparations. Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, 27, 484-558.

Baker, B., Srikanth, A., Green, P., & Cotto, R. (2020). School funding disparities and the plight of Latinx children. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 135.

Green, P., & Connery, C. (2019). Charter schools, academy schools, and related-party transactions: Same scams, different countries. Arkansas Law Review, 72, 409-44.

Connery, C., Green, P., & Kaufman, J. (2019). The underrepresentation of CLD students in gifted and talented programs. Implications for law and practice. University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class, 81-101.


American Educational Research Association

Education Law Association

University Council for Educational Administration

Media References and Appearances:

Interviewed for Chalkbeat. “Instagram Accounts Shut Down After NYC Principal Threatens to Suspend Student Followers.” September 19, 2023. 

Interviewed for Indiana Citizen. “COSTLY CLASSROOM: Lawsuit to Recover Millions of Taxpayer Dollars from Virtual Charter Schools Far from Resolution.” August 10, 2023.

Interviewed for Mother Jones. “Betsy DeVos Was a Disaster. I Think Erika Donalds Could Be a Lot Worse.” August 10, 2023.

Interviewed for AP. “Charter School Lost Case over Skirts Rule for Girls, but Debate over Charter Autonomy Isn’t Over.” June 28, 2023.

Interviewed for Chalkbeat. “Supreme Court Won’t Weigh in on Whether Charter Schools Are Legally Private or Public.” June 26, 2023.

Interviewed for Chalkbeat. “Could Religious Charter Schools Upend American education? A Chalkbeat Explainer.” June 11, 2023.

Interviewed for Education Week. “Schools Are Confronting Centuries of Racial Injustice. Will They Offer Reparations?” April 11, 2023.

Interviewed for New York Times. “Nation’s First Religious Charter School Could Be Coming to Oklahoma.” April 11, 2023.

Interviewed for Chalkbeat. “Religious Charter School Rejected in Oklahoma, but a National Fight Looms.” April 11, 2023.

Wrote op-ed for Public Voices for Public Schools. “Charter Schools Aren’t Public Schools. Here’s Why We Need to Change That.” March 6, 2023.

Interviewed for Have You Heard? “#150 U-Turn: Charter Schools Go Private.” February 2, 2023.

Interviewed for WDBJ7. “Virginia Republicans Tout School Choice Bill; Democrats Call It a Nonstarter.” January 26, 2023.

Interviewed for K12 Drive. “Oklahoma Attorney General Greenlights Religious Charter Schools.” December 12, 2022. 

Research Summarized for The Regulatory Review. “Can School Finance Reform Support Reparations?” December 1, 2022. 

Interviewed for Education Week. “The 2022 Midterms: Why Educators Should Care What Happens.” November 7, 2022. 

Speech Summarized for The Fordham Observer. “GSE Lecture Series Tackles Ongoing Debate in Education.” November 2, 2022. 

Speech  Summarized for Fordham GSE News. “Barbara L. Jackson Lecture: Preston Green III Discusses the Age of School Choice and How to Protect Student Rights.” October 25, 2022. 

Interviewed for International Education News. “The Role of Research, Advocacy, and the Law in Educational Equity. A Conversation with Preston Green.” September 21, 2022.

Interviewed for Tap into Network. “Private Investors Stand to Make Millions in Lease of Former St. James Hospital to Newark School District.” August 17, 2022. 

Interviewed for Ct Examiner. “Carson v. Makin Puts Religion and Charter Schools on the Table in Connecticut.” June 26, 2022. 

Interviewed for Christian Science Monitor. “After High Court Ruling Is It Tremors or Earthquakes for Public Education?” June 24, 2022. 

Interviewed for WVUM. “Milwaukee Carmen Union Drive Shows How Charter Schools Straddle Public and Private Sectors.” March 10, 2022. 

Interviewed for The 74. “Biden Supreme Court Nominee, Praised for ‘Stellar Civil Rights Record’ Could Face Conflict on Upcoming Harvard Admissions Case. February 25, 2022. 

Interviewed for LAist. “Here’s How Much Money LA Parents are Fundraising for Schools and What It Buys.” January 10, 2022. 

Interviewed for The 74. “In Dress Code Case, Federal Appeals Court to Weigh in on Public Status of Charter Schools.” December 7, 2021. 

Interviewed for Brainwaves Video Anthology. “School Funding.” November 16, 2021. 

Interviewed for Brainwaves Video Anthology. “Charter Schools.” November 16, 2021. 

Interviewed for Brainwaves Video Anthology. “Teachers Make a Difference–Fr. Joseph Brown.” November 16, 2021. 

Interviewed for CT Examiner. “UConn Prof Crunches Numbers, Pitches Pla to Fix Racial Disparities in Education.” October 23, 2021. 

Interviewed for The 74. “How Far Will Supreme Court’s Super-conservative Majority Go to Push Religious Freedom in Public Schools? Maine Choice Case Provides Fresh Test.” September 27, 2021.

Participated in Teachers Stories Podcast. “Preserving American Democracy–Adequate and Equitable Funding.” September 20, 2021. 

Co-authored op-ed for The Conversation. “How Reparations Can Be Paid Through School Finance Reform.” September 16, 2021. 

Interviewed for The New Republic. “Charter Schools’ Scary Future. September 10, 2021. 

Interviewed for School Matters. “Scholars Show How to Challenge Voucher Discrimination.” April 5, 2021. 

Interviewed for Chalkbeat. “Unprecedented Federal Funding Is on the Way. High-poverty Schools Are Starting to Reckon with How to Spend It.” March 25, 2021. 

Interviewed for CT Examiner. “A Debate Over Charter Schools That Complicates Partisan Lines.” March 25 2021. 

Interviewed for National Education Policy Center. “NEPC Talks Education: An Interview with Bruce Baker and Preston Green About Pandemic Relief Funds.” March 18, 2021. 

Interviewed for WBAI. “Organizing Mutual Aid Education and School Funding Reparations.” February 24, 2021. 

Co-authored op-ed for CT Mirror. “Fixing Connecticut school finance: The time is now.” January 4, 2021. 

Interviewed for National Education Policy Center, “Education 101: Don’t Open a New Charter School in the Middle of a Pandemic,” July 14, 2020.

Interviewed for Republic-American, “Saga of Seized Diploma Continues,” June 24, 2020.

Interviewed for Chalkbeat, “With Coronavirus Relief for Private Schools, Legal Experts Say Betsy DeVos is Pushing Boundaries of the Law,” June 16, 2020. 

Co-authored op-ed for Hechinger Report, “Should Plaintiffs in a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling about School Choice Be Careful What they Wish for?: How the Impacts of a Decision on Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue Could Differ from Expectations,” January 30, 2020.

Interviewed for Phi Delta Kappan, “In Indiana, School Choice Means Segregation,” January 27, 2020.

Interviewed for Chalkbeat, “This Supreme Court Case Could Deliver a Win for School Choice Advocates. What Might Happen Next?”, January 20, 2020. 

Interviewed for Forward, “Does an International School Operating in NYC Have a “No Israelis” Policy?, November 18, 2019. 

Interviewed for Focus Magazine, “Holding Charter Schools Accountable,” September/October 2019. 

Profiled for UConn Today, “Preston Green Named John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education,” August 15, 2019. 

Interviewed for Have You Heard?, “Anatomy of a Charter School Fraud,” July 15, 2019. 

Interviewed for Chalkbeat, “Feds Give Green Light to Controversial Contract between Memphis Charter School and Catholic Diocese,” July 3, 2019. 

Interviewed for Capital & Main, “How West Sacramento Charters Become Self-Segregated Enclave?”, June 11, 2019. 

Interviewed for LA School Report, “Research Shows That Charter Schools Do Best for California’s Low-Income and Minority Students. Now State Officials Are Considering Slowing Their Expansion,” June 9, 2019. 

Research cited for Tennessee Tribune, “Governor Bill Lee’s Voucher Bill Advances,” April 18, 2019. 

Interviewed for, “NJ Charter Schools: Tax Money Is Disappearing into a Flawed Experiment,” March 27, 2019. 

Research cited for UConn Today, “Report Recommends Ways to Promote Equity in Charter Schools,” March 7, 2019. 

Co-wrote op-ed for The Conversation, “Charter Schools Exploit Lucrative Loopholes That Would Be Easy to Close,” February 20, 2019. 

Interviewed for Salon, “Charter Schools Are Pushing Public Education to the Breaking Point,” February 8, 2019. 

Interviewed for Capital & Main, “Tipping Points: Are Charter Schools Oversaturating Their Markets?”, February 4, 2019. 

Interviewed for NEA Today, “United and Determined, Educators Strike a Blow against For-profit Charter Schools,” February 1, 2019.

Quoted in Education Writers Association, “What’s Ahead for Private School Policy in 2019?”, January 8, 2019. 

Interviewed for In Vivo, “Preston Green III,” December 20, 2018.

Research cited for Capital & Main, “Los Angeles and Oakland Teachers Rally amid Deadlocked Contract Talks,” December 14, 2018. 

Research cited for Education Dive, “Advocacy Group Calls for More Oversight of Charter School Spending,” August 6, 2018.

Interviewed for NBC News, “A Rural School Turns to Digital Education. Is It a Savior or a Devil’s Bargain?”, May 28, 2018. 

Interviewed for NEA Today, “Racial Isolation of Charter School Students Exacerbating Resegregation,” May 4, 2018. 

Interviewed for UConn Today, “The Danger of California Charter Schools,” April 30, 2018. 

Interviewed for Houston Chronicle, “Partnership Vote Awaits HISD trustees amid Questions about Plan,” April 23, 2018. 

Interviewed for The Edvocate, “106 Experts Share Their Thoughts on the Future of Education,” December 29, 2017. 

Research cited for Knox News, “‘Backpack Full of Cash’ Warns of Charter School Dangers,” December 5 2017. 

Research cited for Esquire, “Our School Systems Deserve Better Than This,” December 4, 2017. 

Quoted in Concord Monitor, “Would a Proposed School Choice Proposal Be Constitutional in NH?,” October 1, 2017.

Quoted in Morning Call, “Charter School Finances Raise Concerns About Future,” August 12, 2017.

Quoted in New Republic, “Betsy DeVos Is Making School Choice Toxic for Democrats,” July 26, 2017.

Quoted in The Atlantic, “Will Churches Ever Be Allowed to Run Charter Schools?”, July 19, 2017.

Quoted in American Prospect, “Teacher Tests Test Teachers,” July 18, 2017.

Quoted in NEA Today, “‘A Failed and Damaging Experiment:’ NEA Takes on Unaccountable Charter Schools,” July 5, 2017.

Interviewed for Common Dreams, “Charter Schools Do Bad Stuff Because They Can,” June 23, 2017.

Research cited for Washington Post, “Problems With Charter Schools That You Won’t Hear Betsy DeVos Talk About,” June 22, 2017.

Interviewed for 91.5 KJZZ, “Trump Proposal For Ambitious School-Choice Expansion Unclear,” May 23, 2017.

Interviewed for San Jose Inside, “Charter Schools Accuse San Jose Unified School District of Trying to Poach Prospective Teachers,” May, 17, 2017.

Wrote op-ed for The Conversation, “Is Charter School Fraud the Next Enron?”, April 27, 2017.

Research cited for Alternet, “5 Times Charter School Founders Used Shady Real Estate Deals to Shamelessly Enrich Themselves,” April 27, 2017.

Interviewed for Have You Heard, “Crony Capitalism,” April 6, 2017.

Interviewed for NEA Today, “What the Charter School Industry Can Learn from Enron – Before It’s Too Late,” March 31, 2017.

Interviewed for Radio Dispatch, “Preston Green on How the Charter Sector Resembles the Enron Crisis,” March 16, 2017.

Research cited in Business Insider, “An Alarming Study Links Fraud in the Enron Scandal to Similar Practices at Charter Schools,” March 9, 2017.

Interviewed for UConn Today, “A Lesson from Enron: Charter Schools Need More Oversight,” March 6, 2017.

Interviewed for Boston Globe, “Alarmed by Trump, Schools Protect Vulnerable Students,” February 28, 2017.

Interviewed for UConn Magazine, “Class Action: What with Tweeting, Twerking, Guns and Gender Wars, It’s as if You Need a Law Degree To Be a Principal These Days,” (Spring 2017).

Interviewed for Providence Journal, “Will Defeat of Charter School Expansion in Mass. Reverberate to R.I.?,” November 10, 2016.

Interviewed for Kathleen Dunn Show, “Schools So Unequal They’re Actually Unconstitutional,” November 2, 2016.

Research cited for The Hill, “Loosely Regulated, Charter Schools Pose Fiscal Risk,” November 1, 2016.

Interviewed for Business Insider, “We Just Got Even More Evidence Supporting the Theory That Charter Schools Are America’s New Subprime Mortgages,” October 12, 2016

Interviewed for The Day, “Associates Say Judge from Groton Was Well Suited to Take on School Funding Case,” September 17, 2016.

Interviewed for On Point, “What Connecticut’s Schools Reveal About National Education Inequality,” September 13, 2016.

Interviewed for Wall Street Journal, “School Ruling Alarms Connecticut Suburbs: Suburban and Rural Districts Worry about a Shift of State Support to Larger Districts that Are Struggling Financially,” September 8, 2016.

Interviewed for Bloomberg, School Funding Ruled Unconstitutional, September 8, 2016.

Interviewed for Wall Street Journal, “Connecticut’s School Funding Violates Constitution, Judge Rules,” September 7, 2016.

Interviewed for the 74, “When Public Charter Schools Are Private: Labor Rulings Highlight Often Blurred Line,” August 30, 2016.

Interviewed for Truthout, “A Turning Point for the Charter School Movement,” August 30, 2016.

Interviewed for CT Mirror, “CT to Be a Test Case for Education Rights under U.S. Constitution,” August 24, 2016.

Interviewed for WILS 1320, “Charter Schools, May 18, 2016.

Interviewed for CUNY Television, “POTUS 2016: Clinton, Trump Win NY; Education Policy,” April 20, 2016.

Research cited in First Focus, “’Spotlight’ Shows Us the Kids Aren’t Alright,” March 29, 2016.

Interviewed for NEA Today, “What Do Many Charter Schools and Subprime Loans Have in Common? Too Much,” March 17, 2016.

Interviewed for Edushyster, “Signing Their Rights Away: A Series of Court Rulings Suggests That Students Who Attend Charter Schools Do Not Have the Same Rights as Public School Students…,” March 15, 2016.

Interviewed for Hartford Courant, “Student Alleges Racism at South Windsor Schools,” March 11, 2016.

Interviewed for UpFront (94.1 KPFA), March 11, 2016.

Interviewed for WNPR, “UConn Professor Says Charter School Growth Is Like Subprime Mortgage Bubble,” February 29, 2016.

Interviewed for New York Times, “Closely Watched Fight over California Teacher Tenure Moves to Appeals Court,” February 25, 2016.

Interviewed for UConn Today, “A Charter School Warning,” February 22, 2016.

Research cited in NEA Today, “School Choice” Mantra Masks the Harm of Siphoning Funds from Public Education, January 22, 2016.

Interviewed for NJTV News, “Study: Don’t Make Mortgage Industry Mistakes with Charter Schools,” January 18, 2016.

Interviewed for Mother Jones, “3 Troubling Ways the Charter School Boom Is Like the Subprime Mortgage Crisis,” January 16, 2016.

Research cited in Business Insider, “An Alarming New Study Says Charter Schools Are America’s New Subprime Mortgages,” January 6, 2016.

Interviewed for Washington Post, “Are Charter Schools the New Subprime Loans? Think “The Big Short,’” January 4, 2016.

Interviewed for TC Today, “The Third Degree: For Preston Green, the Classroom and the Courtroom Are Inextricably Linked,” June 10, 2015.

Interviewed for Neag School of Education Spotlight, “UConn’s Law School and Neag School of Education to Launch New Graduate Program Combining Educational Leadership and Law,” May 20, 2015.

Presentation cited for Herald News, “UMass School of Law Hosts Talk on Workings, Ethics of Charter Schools,” March 27, 2015.

Interviewed for WBSM, “Charter School Debate Comes to Southcoast,” March 27, 2015.

Interviewed for CT Mirror, “The Charter Debate: More Schools, Transparency and Oversight?”, March 24, 2015.

Interviewed for WNPR, “In Wake of the Fuse Scandal, Connecticut Charter Schools Face Greater Scrutiny,” September 2, 2014.

Interviewed for UConn Today, “Public Dollars, Private Rules: The Charter School Calculus,” August 14, 2014.

Participated as a panelist for WNPR’s show, Where We Live, “How Effective Are Charter Schools?”, July 24, 2014.

Interviewed for Detroit Free Press, “Michigan Charter School Laws Enable Scams, Insider Trading,” June 23, 2014.

Interviewed for Detroit Free Press, “5 Stories of Dubious Decisions, Wasteful Spending, a Deal for Swampland, June 22, 2014.

Research cited in Washington Post, “A Case in Misconceived Urban Reform,” January 15, 2014.

Interviewed for Governing Magazine, “Education Reformers Clash over Charter School-Teacher Evaluations.” June 7, 2013.

Interviewed for Governing Magazine, “Florida Teacher Lawsuit Could Spread to Other States,” May 14, 2013.

Interviewed for Education Week, “Union Sues over Basis of Appraisal,” April 23, 2013.

Interviewed for UConn Today, “Education Law Expert Preston Green III Joins UConn Faculty,” March 28, 2013.

Research cited in Washington Post, “Judges Look at Whether Charter Schools Are Public.” January 2, 2013.

Research cited in Huffington Post, “Charter School Segregation Target of New Report,” February, 24, 2012. 


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