Phipps Appointed to National Leadership Program

November 29, 2021


Joins the Eighth Cohort of Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows


State Rep. Quentin "Q" Phipps (D-Middletown) has been tapped to participate in a national cohort by the Hunt Institute, founded in 2014 to provide equity-minded lawmakers with the knowledge they need to improve education in their respective states.

The launch of the eighth cohort in The Hunt Institute’s Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program adds 27 senior-level elected officials to its ranks, bringing the total to 167, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with six sitting governors having participated in the program.

"I am honored to participate in programs like this one to exchange ideas and learn best practices from other colleagues around the nation to share with my constituents in Middletown and the state," said Rep. Phipps. “I’m a firm believer in supporting and empowering our schools by amplifying parents' voices in their children’s education. The Hunt Institute’s program gives policymakers like me the tools we need to better understand the nuances of education policy and in turn, bring about positive change for education leaders, teachers, parents, and students.”

“While we continue to see extreme polarization in this country, the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program is a reminder that policymakers can work across the aisle to solve the education issues that matter most,” Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, president and CEO of The Hunt Institute. “For our education systems to emerge from this pandemic stronger than before, we must consider the needs of education leaders, teachers, students, and families. Now is the time to build back stronger and our policymakers have a pivotal role.”

The eighth cohort will meet in December in Washington, D.C. to engage in fellowship and learning around early childhood and K-12 student learning policies.