John Heintz started Second Rail Education as a platform for global educational transformation. Second Rail has grown to become a team of practitioners leading, following and running for-profit and not-for-profit education-affiliated organizations.
The team is led by John Heintz, a widely experienced leader in P-20 education in Illinois, California, Texas, France, the Netherlands, Spain and China.
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 of almost $30,000 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 over 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 for organizations and individuals.