Second Rail is a team of practitioners and theoreticians in for-profit and not-for-porofit education spaces. The team is led by John Heintz, a widely experienced leader in P-20 education in Illinois, California, Texas, France, the Netherlands and Spain.
Leading organizations facing complex challenges is John Heintz’s métier. After working in international organizations in the Netherlands, Mr. Heintz lead a team at a Chicago-suburban school district with an annual operating expense around $24,000 per pupil. Compared with a national average of $11,000, it was one of the wealthiest school systems in the country and made famous in Jonathan Kozol’s 1991 book, Savage Inequalities, that called for greater equity in education funding.
Between publication of Kozol’s book and John Heintz's arrival, the district’s poverty rate went from 5% to almost 40%, creating an opportunity to prove conventional wisdom wrong and show increasing student poverty could be coupled with increasing academic performance. Mr. Heintz was part of the curricular leadership team that tackled the problem. He led strategy and ran human resources, business and legal operations while improving public education through empowering innovative.
Mr. Heintz has a quarter century of experience as a teacher, counselor, administrator, attorney and higher education academic leader with elementary and secondary schools, higher education organizations, faculty associations, administrators, boards, companies, nonprofits and international organizations. He creates sustainable transformations in organizations. Economics and human rights fuel Second Rail's work.