2012 The Root 100
 

Steve Perry is a renowned public school principal who has raised his profile as a CNN contributor.

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  • Steve Perry

  • Public magnet-school principal and CNN education contributor.
  • Job: Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School and CNN contributor
  • Twitter: @drsteveperry
  • Location: Hartford, Conn.
  • Age: 42
  • Bio: As the nation grapples with the best way to close the education-achievement gaps along lines of class and race, Steve Perry has emerged as a voice for change. He is the founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, a public school in Hartford renowned for a near zero percent dropout rate and 100 percent of students, most members of racial minorities, going on to four-year colleges. Perry grew up just outside Hartford, raised by a teenage mother in an impoverished housing project. But that didn't stop him from earning a bachelor's (Rhode Island), a master's (Penn) and a doctorate (Hartford) before returning to his hometown to help others. "I had to be a principal at some point, or a prisoner," he told CNN in 2009. "Because I spent more time in the principal's office than the principal." Now, he is an education contributor to the network. He is also the author of Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve -- Even If It Means Picking a Fight. Like his Facebook page.
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