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 Dr. Edward Fergus

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Dr. Edward Fergus

Dr. Edward Fergus was appointed by Mayor Mike Spano in October 2019 to serve as a Trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education. He fills the unexpired term of former Trustee Edgar Santana, who resigned. Dr. Fergus previously served as a Trustee from 2011-2013. He is currently Associate Professor of Urban Education at Temple University. 

Dr. Fergus is a former high school teacher, program evaluator and community school program director. His current work is at the intersection of educational policy and outcomes with a specific focus on Black and Latino boys’ academic and social engagement outcomes, disproportionality in special education and suspensions, and school climate conditions. 

He has published more than three dozen articles, book chapters, evaluation reports, and five books. Dr. Fergus has worked with over 65 school districts since 2004 on educational equity and school reform, specifically addressing disproportionality in special education and suspension. Dr. Fergus partners with state education departments such as California (2010-2017), Maryland (2016 – present), and Texas (2012 – present) and serves on various boards such as NY State Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (2010-present),  and as an expert consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division on Educational Opportunities (2014-2016) and NAACP Legal Defense Fund (2018).

Dr. Fergus earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education from Beloit College, and a doctorate in Educational Policy and Social Foundations from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fergus has two children, one of whom is a Yonkers Public Schools student.