Adjunct Lecturer on Education
Faculty Assistant: Lee A. Marmor
Rhoda E. Schneider is General Counsel and Senior Associate Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For over 30 years she has been chief legal counsel to the commissioner, state board, and department staff. She has advised six successive commissioners and served twice herself as acting commissioner. Besides providing legal guidance to the commissioner, state board, and department, Schneider and her staff also publish advisories for school and district leaders, parents and students, and other constituents on the state and federal laws affecting public elementary and secondary schools. The issues of education law and policy that she addresses include standards-based education reform, civil rights, charter schools, school finance and governance, student assessment, special education, school and district accountability, student rights and responsibilities, and educator licensure. Schneider is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law. She co-chairs and is a faculty member in the School Law Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has been a presenter or guest lecturer at many professional conferences and graduate courses for educators and lawyers. Schneider is the editor of the MCLE book, School Law in Massachusetts.