Robert L. Hughes
Robert L. Hughes was appointed president of New Visions in September 2000. Under his leadership, New Visions has created 99 district and 4 charter public schools in New York City, provided mentoring services to hundreds of new principals, developed school-based certification programs for teachers and principals, and created an inquiry process now in use in 1,500 New York City public schools. New Visions currently is a partnership support organization providing direct support to 73 schools serving almost 40,000 students.
Hughes, an attorney, has worked on public education issues for his entire career. He served as co-counsel in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. The State of New York, challenging the constitutionality of the New York State's educational finance system. Plaintiffs prevailed and secured a $5 billion remedial decree for operating aid and a $13.5 billion decree for capital construction for the New York City public school system.
Hughes received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Stanford Law School where he was a Skadden Fellow. He clerked for the Hon. Shirley Abrahamson, (now chief) justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He has authored articles on public education for The New York Times, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Yale Law & Policy Review, and the Connecticut Law Review. He served as chair of the Committee on Education and the Law at the Association of the Bar of City of New York and chair of the board for Advocates for Children of New York, where he was previously deputy director. He currently serves on the Fund For Teachers Board of Directors.