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Ms. Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

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Southern Regional Director

Phone: (601) ***-****  
Email: o***@***.org
Local Address:  Jackson , Mississippi , United States
Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street Nw
Washington D.C. , District of Columbia 20001
United States

Company Description: The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Mississippi Head Start Association
  • Member
    Global Women's Action Network
  • Member
    State Children's Welfare Coalition

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts , Sociology
    Tougaloo College
  • B.A. , sociology
    Tougaloo College
183 Total References
Web References
Oleta Fitzgerald, the ...
www.jacksonfreepress.com, 23 Sept 2015 [cached]
Oleta Fitzgerald, the director at the Children's Defense Fund's southern regional office, said charter schools are not going to impact the large number of children that the state needs to reach in order to increase opportunity for children in Mississippi. Fitzgerald said her organization will continue to focus on the children in underfunded public schools that lack resources in their classrooms.
Mississippi's charter law mandates that charter schools cannot be governed or operated by for-profit companies, but public-school and youth advocates have long critiqued the business of charter schools in both nonprofit and for-profit settings, which have seen mixed outcomes.
"When the legislation was being proposed, we thought that the charter bill should have covered all school (districts), but one of the reasons we think it didn't happen and one of the reasons you don't have a great influx of charters here is that there's no money in it," Fitzgerald said.
Charters in Mississippi are governed by nonprofit organizations, and Mississippi's charter law has made it more difficult to monetize charter schools as a business here since for-profits are boxed out. In other parts of the country without a stringent law, the privatization of education has run rampant, like in New Orleans where the majority of schools in the system have been "charterized. Fitzgerald said for-profit charter organizations target high-performing school districts so that they can draw from the high taxpayer base that exists in more affluent communities.
Fitzgerald doesn't think the charter schools in Mississippi are opening for financial gain, but she maintains that charters can be just one tool in the toolbox for education in the state.
She said with the poverty levels and low access to early education in the state, a lot of work has to be done outside the charter-school movement.
"The early childhood access we currently have reaches only half of the student population; only 20,000 (students) are in early childcare. Unless we start there, the rest of this stuff is just sticking our head in the sand," she said.
MaryLee Allen | Patti Hassler | ...
www.childrensdefense.org, 2 May 2015 [cached]
MaryLee Allen | Patti Hassler | Lori Wood | Melanie Hartzog | Alex Johnson | Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald | Patrick Bresette | Peggy Flanagan | Renuka Mayadev | The Rev. Janet Wolf
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Oleta Fitzgerald
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Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald Director CDF-SRO Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald is Director of the Children's Defense Fund's Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO), and also serves as the Regional Administrator for the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Economic & Social Justice (SRBWI).
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Ms. Fitzgerald serves as a board member for the Mississippi Head Start Association, the Mississippi Children's Museum, the advisory committee for the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, and is a member of the State Children's Welfare Coalition and the Global Women's Action Network for Children. She also received honorary membership to Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration from Mississippi State University in 1999. Ms. Fitzgerald holds a B.A. in sociology from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the proud mother of four children, Rashida, Yusef, Layla and Joi.
Oleta Garett Fitzgerald is ...
www.cdf-sro.org, 11 Sept 2015 [cached]
Oleta Garett Fitzgerald is Director of the Children's Defense Fund's Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO), and also serves as the Regional Administrator for the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Economic & Social Justice (SRBWI).
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Ms. Fitzgerald serves as a board member for the Mississippi Head Start Association, the Mississippi Children's Museum, the advisory committee for the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, and is a member of the State Children's Welfare Coalition and the Global Women's Action Network for Children. She also received honorary membership to Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration from Mississippi State University in 1999. Ms. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the proud mother of four children, Rashida, Yusef, Layla and Joi.
Contact Us | SRBWI
srbwi.org, 5 Nov 2015 [cached]
Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald Email: ofitzgerald@childrensdefense.org
Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative
www.srbwi.org, 19 July 2013 [cached]
Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald Southern Regional Director Children's Def ense Fund
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State Program Director - Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald
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