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    Jerry Bracey, Rest in Peace.

    Jerry had a longtime association with EPIC/EPRU. They will publish the final Bracey Report.

    Education and the Public Interest Center

    Education Policy Research Unit
    The Education and the Public Interest Center

    (EPIC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder partners with the Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU) and the Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU) at Arizona State University to produce policy briefs and think tank reviews. These centers provide a variety of audiences, both academic and public, with information, analysis, and insight to further democratic deliberation regarding educational policies.

    Jerry Bracey, Rest in Peace.

    Brilliant. Blunt. Independent. Truth. Integrity. Iconoclast. Irascible. Uncompromising.

    After our colleague and friend Jerry Bracey passed away in his sleep during the night of October 20th at the age of 69, the memories and tributes hit our in-boxes, and it started to sink in that Jerry's dominant presence as an eloquent and reliable truth-teller would no longer grace the educational landscape.

    The evening before he died, Jerry was working on a new "Bracey Report" for us. Itâs pure Bracey â forthright, clear, compelling, and grounded in evidence. We will finish that work and publish it here at epicpolicy.org.

    Just a few months back, Jerry put out a new book, Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality, which joins a shelf full of earlier works, including many published here with EPIC/EPRU.

    Some online tributes to Jerry are already up and can be read here (USA Today), here (WashPost, Jay Mathews), here (Sherman Dorn), here (EdWeek, Debra Viadero), here (EdNotesOnline), here (DairyStateDad), here (EducationExaminer, Caroline Grannan), here (Schools Matter, Jim Horn), here (Thomas Mertz), here (SubstanceNews, George Schmidt), here (Generation YES, Sylvia Martinez), and here (Matt Stager). If there are others you feel should be added, please email us at epic@colorado.edu.

    We have also responded to calls from many of the people who have been touched by Jerry and his work to create a memorial fund or project that we could donate to in his memory. We have now created one, attached to this policy center which has recently been Jerryâs academic home.

    Working with the CU Foundation, we are building a memorial fund that would, if fully funded, provide a doctoral fellowship in Jerryâs name. Weâre thinking of it as the Bracey Memorial Fellowship, given to a doctoral student with a research-based, hard-nosed commitment to further truth, equity, and social justice.
    Please visit http://www.cufund.org/giving-opportunities/fund-description/?id=5127 Don't click the "in memorial of" option since you probably don't have the info requested about his next of kin (his wife, Iris). Instead, just write "In memory of Jerry Bracey" in the box.

    You may also mail checks, made out to "CU Foundation" with "EPIC - Jerry Bracey" in the memo line, directly to the School's Development Officer, Margot Neufeld, at:
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    School of Education
    Margot Neufeld
    249 UCB, room 116
    Boulder, CO 80309

    The Foundation has no fees for memorial gifts -- all the money goes to the gift purpose (student support in Jerry's name).

    If we reach the $25,000 level for all donations in Jerry's name, we can create an ongoing scholarship/fellowship. Even if we do not reach that threshold, we would still use the money for student support in Jerry's name.



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