Thais Council is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University. In 2016, Thais earned the Georgia Educational Research Association Outstanding Student Researcher Award for a paper titled, “That was Then, This is Now: A Critical Policy Analysis Juxtaposing Brown vs. Board of Education and the Opportunity School District.” Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Thais served as a literacy specialist in K-12 schools promoting access to diverse books and student-friendly reading climates. Her scholarship focuses on multiple forms of school pushout, participatory action research with teachers, politics of the curriculum and education policy.