I am first and foremost a teacher - and a relentless, unapologetic, and uncompromising advocate for the children and youth of this state. I have served in California's public schools as a middle school, high school, and continuation high school teacher, a site principal, a district administrator in both business and educational services, a district superintendent, and completed my 41-year career after 12 years as the Riverside County Deputy Superintendent of Schools.
My professional relationship with the University's School of Education as both an adjunct and full-time professor now spans more than 28 years. I have enjoyed watching former students become powerful advocates for the children and youth in their charge and am looking forward to working and learning with the next generation of school leaders and warriors in the fight for educational justice.
My primary interests are in the sub-disciplines of education law and policy, school finance - especially as it relates to equitable financing policy and practices, and transformative school and organizational leadership.
My current research is focused on California's school funding model, the Local Control Funding Formula, and issues of inequity inherent in that model.
M.A. Educational Administration, University of Redlands
B.A. English, University of Redlands
California Single Subject Teaching Credential (English)
California Administrative Services Credential
Blankenship-Knox, A.E., Jessup, P., & Blattner, B. (2019). California. In D.C. Thompson, R. C. Wood, S. C. Neuenswander, J.M. Heim, & R.D. Watson (Eds.), Funding Public Schools in the United States and Indian Country. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award - University of Redlands School of Education, Department of Leadership & Higher Education (2020)