Joan Davis Ratteray

Joan Davis Ratteray

Suppressing Innovations: The Corporate Role in Education

Dr. Joan Davis Ratteray, president of the Institute for Independent Education and a strong advocate for parental choice and black independent schools, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 26, 2004 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Ratteray’s research into black independent schools revealed a rich history of African-American efforts to support educational institutions in their communities. She founded the Institute for Independent Education in Washington, DC in 1984 to provide technical assistance to independent community-based schools.

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