Stan Salett

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Stan Salett
Born (1936-04-06) April 6, 1936 (age 83)
ResidenceWashington, DC
NationalityUnited States
Occupationcivil rights activist & national education policy advisor
Known forcreator of the Upward Bound Program
ChildrenPeter Salett
Steve Salett

Stan Salett (born April 6, 1936) is a civil rights organizer, national education policy advisor and creator of the Upward Bound Program and helped to initiate Head Start.[1][2] In the early 1960s Salett was an organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and helped organize the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.[3] He was the first director of education of the Office of Economic Opportunity, where the Head Start program was created. He co-founded the National Committee for Citizens in Education, dedicated to promoting parent and citizen involvement in schools.[4] During President Lyndon Johnson administration he initiated the National Upward Bound program.[5][6][7][8] While working in Washington, D.C. he served on the staff of all three Kennedy brothers: President Kennedy's Committee on Youth Employment, Attorney General Robert Kennedy's President's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980.[9] He was an active school board member in Maryland in the 80s.[10] During President Bill Clinton's transition he vetted candidates for Attorney General and Secretary of the Interior.[11]

In 2011 he published his memoir, "The Edge of Politics: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Poverty & the Challenges of School Reform."[12] He received the New England Education Opportunity Association's Claiborne Pell Award in 2013.[13][14] Presently he is President of the Foundation for the Future of Youth, a division of the Eigen Arnett Educational and Cultural Foundation. He has developed special search engines to meet a variety of human needs such as the elimination of human trafficking, the improvement of school performance and the scarcity of the global water supply.[15] In 2016 Salett has been involved in The Independent Media Institute study which evaluated the movement to privatize public education. It was revealed that, "… in the past two decades, a small group of billionaires – including News Corporation's Rupert Murdoch, who once called public schools an "untapped 500-billion-dollar sector" – have worked to assert private control over public education ...."[16][17] Salett was presented with the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award from Boston Latin School for his career to public service and public policy work.[18] The Award is given each year to alumni exemplifying the Boston Latin School motto, sumus primi.[19]

As of 2016, he resides in Washington, DC, and Chestertown, MD with his wife Elizabeth. He has 2 sons, singer-songwriters Peter Salett and Steve Salett, owner of Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY and Reservoir in Manhattan.


  1. ^ Porter-Coste, Wendy (1 April 2012). "Stan Salett Comes to New England". New England Educational Opportunity Association. NEOA.
  2. ^ Williams, Lena (23 January 1985). "It Takes More Than Helping with Homework". Observer-Reporter.
  3. ^ Marcus, Pat. "Capturing Stories Of The March On Washington". GPB News. Georgia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. ^ Salett, Stanley; Henderson, Anne, (author.); National Committee for Citizens in Education, Columbia, MD (1980), A Report on the Education for All Handicapped Children Act Are Parents Involved?, Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, retrieved 8 December 2015CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Wheelan, Dave. "Upward Bound 50 Years Later with Eastern Shore's Stan Salett". The Chestertown Spy. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  6. ^ "MCTV Program Features Interview, "Politics and Education Reform" with Stan Salett, Civil Rights Activist, Education Policy Advocate and Author". Pitch Engine. Montgomery College. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ Smith, David Bruce. "Spy Review: Stan Salett's "The Edge of Politics"". The Chestertown Spy. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  8. ^ Groutt, John (4 January 2003). "Milestones of TRIO History, Part I" (PDF). The Journal of the Council for Opportunity in Education. Retrieved 4 January 2003.
  9. ^ Kelsey, Rogalewicz. "Alumni Focus: What He Could Do For His Country". Teachers College Columbia University. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  10. ^ R. H., Melton (5 June 1983). "Parents Say Ideal Is Lost With Closing Of Columbia School". The Washington Post.
  11. ^ "MCTV Program Features Interview, "Politics and Education Reform" with Stan Salett, Civil Rights Activist, Education Policy Advocate and Author". Inside MC. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  12. ^ Heck, Peter. "Author Stan Salett discusses 'The Edge of Politics'". The Star Democrat. Star Democrat. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  13. ^ Heck, Peter (24 April 2013). "Salett honored for education efforts". Kent County News.
  14. ^ "The Claiborne Pell Award". NEOA Online.
  15. ^ Jack, Healey. "What Tyrant Shall We Topple Today?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  16. ^ Veronica, Carter (31 October 2016). "Charter school growth a threat to public school system?". Public News Service. Rivet Radio. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  17. ^ Don, Hazen; Elizabeth, Hines; Steven, Rosenfeld; Stan, Salett (26 October 2016). "Who Controls Our Schools? How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and Enriching the Charter School Industry". Alternet. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Stanley Salett '55 Named as the 2017 Distinguished Graduate". Boston Latin School.
  19. ^ "Alumni". Retrieved 2018-02-06.

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