Assistant Counsel of the Education Practice
Matt Cregor joined the LDF staff full-time in July 2010 after serving as a consultant for LDF’s “Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline” initiative. Matt provides support for community-led efforts to improve school discipline and is working to integrate these efforts with the national push to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (last reauthorized as the “No Child Left Behind Act”).
Matt coordinates the federal advocacy of the Dignity in Schools Campaign – a national coalition of parents, students, educators and civil rights organizations working to reframe the school discipline debate from one that favors reliance on zero tolerance policies to one that respects the human right to a quality education. In this role, Matt works with Campaign members to engage Congress and the administration in support of disciplinary policies and practices that improve the learning environment and keep students engaged and in school.
Prior to LDF, Matt worked on district-, state-, and federal-level discipline reform efforts as a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.