LEE Public Policy Fellow, Manny Lamarre (Miami-Dade, ’09), was recently promoted to director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation, a newly created office that will lead on Governor Sandoval’s top issue for the upcoming legislative session.
Originally from Haiti, Manny grew up in Miami, Florida, where he served as an elementary school teacher with Teach for America and an instructional coach for Breakthrough Collaborative. He also gained experience as a field advisor for the Harvard Undergraduate Teacher Program and as an associate program officer at the Communities Foundation of Texas.
As a Public Policy Fellow, Manny worked with schools and communities across Nevada to implement Gov. Sandoval’s historic public education agenda. The governor has increased education spending by $486 million over the past two years. Here are just a few of the efforts underway:
- A Victory Schools program will offer extra funding and resources to schools in Nevada's 20 poorest ZIP codes. The Victory Schools program puts $50 million dollars toward low-performing schools.
- School Choice Scholarships funded through business tax incentives will provide lower income students with more freedom to attend private and religious schools.
- The Zoom School program that provides extra resources to schools with a high number of English language learners. Gov. Sandoval has doubled the state’s investment in the model after it showed results.
Throughout his fellowship year, Manny was primarily focused on leading two critical projects that are helping to ensure that the governor’s agenda is properly implemented, communities are engaged, and students achieve:
- The Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission has been working to ensure that the Governor’s important investments in public education are spent wisely, with a focus on increasing efficiencies in capital construction costs, human capital, and the funding formula for how money reaches students and families most directly.
- The Achievement School District focuses on the lowest 5% of underperforming schools in Nevada and allows for high-functioning charter schools to enter and reform poorly performing schools.
Prior to his fellowship in Nevada, Manny served as a LEE Policy Advisor Fellow, a paid 10-hour per week opportunity to serve with an elected official. Manny worked with elected LEE member Miguel Solis (Dallas-Fort Worth ’09), who serves on the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees. While in Miguel Solis’ office, Manny conducted research on education policy issues broadly, including student discipline, for the board. Impressed with the quality of his research, The Office of Student Discipline published Manny’s work to create the first ever Student Code of Conduct Quick Reference Guide. The guide has provided standards for acceptable conduct and outlines responsibilities of students, parents, and administrators to promote high behavioral expectations in schools.
Manny’s work in both Dallas and Nevada has positively impacted the more than 600,000 students enrolled in those school districts. The work that he is helping to drive with Gov. Sandoval has national implications for anyone who cares about school choice for families, and for furthering opportunities for our highest need students. LEE paved the way for Manny Lamarre’s journey into public service, and this year alone, through the LEE Public Policy Fellowship and the LEE Policy Advisor Fellowship, LEE will help to provide over 50 future leaders with that same opportunity for impact.