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Bill Kurtz is the founding head of school of the Denver School of Science and Technology, the flagship school of the charter school management organization Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Public Schools. The school has become an exemplar for high school reform and a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) nationwide. Kurtz's school boasts a significant year-to-year student learning growth, a diverse student population, innovative school culture, and a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduates. Prior to joining DSST, Kurtz served as Principal of Link Community School, an independent middle school located in Newark, New Jersey. Before his career in education, he worked as an investment banker at JP Chase in New York City. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education MAT program. Kurtz was recognized by the New Schools Venture Fund at their national summit in Washington D.C as the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2008, the Public Education Business Coalition named Kurtz one of 25 champions of public education in Denver over the last 25 years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a B.A. and earned an M.A. from Columbia University's Teachers College in educational administration and leadership. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.