RELEASE from Romney for President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2007
CONTACT: Romney Press Shop
GOVERNOR ROMNEY ANNOUNCES HIS EDUCATION
POLICY ADVISORY GROUP
Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced the Romney
for President Education Policy Advisory Group. This group of men
and women will be tasked with advising Governor Romney on issues pertaining
to strengthening America's education system and ensuring that future generations
are prepared to meet new challenges.
"Improving our schools is critical to the future of our nation and our
economy. Closing the achievement gap in our education system is the
civil rights issue of our time," said Governor Romney. "The men and
women of this group bring diverse backgrounds and perspective to the issue
of education policy. I look forward to their counsel and working
closely with them on this vital issue."
The Education Policy Advisory Group is led by Harvard University Professor
Dr. Paul Peterson and Nina Rees, former Assistant Deputy Secretary for
Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education.
Already, Governor Romney has outlined a strong vision for improving
America's education system and this Policy Advisory Group will help advance
his education agenda.
As Chairs of the Education Policy Advisory Group, Peterson and Rees
said, "We are proud to join Governor Romney's campaign to build a stronger
America that prepares future generations for the new challenges they will
face. As Governor, Mitt Romney stood with educators and he will do
the same as President. We look forward to helping him craft a strong
agenda to improve our nation's schools."
Background On The Romney For President Education Policy Advisory
Co-Chair Paul E. Peterson: Dr. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck
Professor of Government at Harvard University. He directs its Program on
Education Policy and Governance. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover
Institution at Stanford University and serves as a member of the Koret
Task Force on K-12 Education.
Co-Chair Nina Rees: Rees has served as Assistant Deputy Secretary
for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, as
a domestic policy adviser to Vice President Cheney and Senior Education
Analyst at the Heritage Foundation. She currently works for an education
Congressional Co-Chair Senator Wayne Allard: Senator Allard
is serving his eleventh year in the United States Senate. He serves
on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee where he
has been involved in the debate surrounding reauthorization of the No Child
Left Behind Act. He is currently the Chairman of the Senate Space
Caucus. He formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives,
the Colorado State Senate and is a trained veterinarian.
Congressional Co-Chair Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon:
Elected to represent the 25th Congressional District of California in 1992,
McKeon has earned a reputation as a leader in Congress on education issues.
In 2006, McKeon served as Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee
and currently serves as the Senior Republican member on the House Education
and Labor Committee. McKeon also headed the Subcommittee on
21st Century Competitiveness with jurisdiction over higher education, technology
in education, teacher training, job training and welfare reform.
McKeon led the effort on lowering college costs and improving accessibility
for all students. Before coming to Congress, McKeon served on the
William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees.
Congressional Co-Chair Representative Tom Petri: First elected
to the U.S. House in 1979 representing Wisconsin's Sixth Congressional
District, Petri is the Ranking Republican on the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee. He served 12 years as Chairman
of the Committee's Highways, Transit and Pipelines Subcommittee.
Petri is a senior Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, where
he formerly served as Vice Chairman.
H. Kent Bowen: H. Kent Bowen has served the past 15 years
as the Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard
Business School where he teaches technology and operations. Previously
he was the Ford Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology for 22 years. He serves as a director and adviser to
Mary Laura Bragg: Bragg served as Director of Just Read, Florida!
– Governor Jeb Bush's statewide reading initiative from its inception in
2001 through 2006. She has served on advisory groups on adolescent
literacy for both the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National
Governors Association. She is also a member of Carnegie Corporation
of New York's Advisory Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy.
Previously, she served as the Director of the Division of Public Schools
for the Florida Department of Education.
John E. Chubb: Chubb is a distinguished visiting fellow at
the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.
He is a founding partner, executive vice president and chief education
officer of Edison Schools. Since 1984, Chubb has been a nonresident
senior fellow at the Brookings Institution where he authored numerous studies
on school choice and student achievement.
Robert M. Costrell: Costrell is Professor of Education Reform
and Economics and holds the Endowed Chair in Education Accountability at
the University of Arkansas. From 1978 to 2006, he was a member of
the economics department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
He also served as Education Adviser to Governor Romney helping to develop
the Governor's comprehensive education reform proposal in 2005.
Christina Culver: Culver is a Vice President at Dutko Worldwide.
Prior to joining Dutko, she was at the U.S. Department of Education serving
as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental
and Interagency Affairs. She also served as the Vice President of
Public Affairs for Children First America. Culver worked at the White
House in the first Bush Administration and the U.S. Department of Education
under Secretary Lamar Alexander.
Wade Dyke: Dyke has worked for several education related start
up businesses, including Chancellor Beacon Academies. From 1989 to
1995, he served in several public policy roles, including as Deputy Chief
of Staff to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander, Chief of Staff to Deputy
Secretary David Kearns and as Director of the Governor's Workforce Office
in Wisconsin under Governor Tommy G. Thompson. He serves as a director
of the Charter School Development Corporation, Chairman of the St. Philips
Foundation and trustee of the St. Philip's Episcopal Day School in Coral
Scott Fleming: Fleming served as Senior Education Policy Adviser
to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
He has worked on some of the most significant federal education programs
including the Higher Education Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Education
Act, and the Adult Literacy and Basic Education Act.
James W. Guthrie: Guthrie is a Professor of Public Policy
and Education, Chair of the Leadership, Policy and Organizations department,
and Director of the Peabody Center for Education Policy at Peabody College
of Vanderbilt University. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board
of Management Analysis & Planning, Inc. Guthrie previously was
a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, for 27 years.
William D. Hansen: From 2001 to 2003, Hansen served
as Deputy Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
From 1993 to 2001, Hansen served as the President of the Education Finance
Council, which works to expand postsecondary educational opportunities
for students. He has also served on several state and national boards
and commissions on reforming elementary and secondary schools and increasing
access to higher education. In addition, he is on the board of several
non-profit organizations such as The Education Financing Foundation of
California, the National Student Clearinghouse, Reading is Fundamental,
the National Guard Youth Foundation, and ThanksUSA.
Eugene W. Hickok: Hickok served as Pennsylvania's Secretary
of Education under Governor Tom Ridge. He pursued an aggressive reform
agenda that supported charter school, high standards and more technology
in the classroom. In 2001, President Bush appointed him Under Secretary
of Education at the United States Department of Education. He became
Deputy Secretary of Education in 2004.
M. Rene Islas: Islas served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant
Secretary of Education where he managed overall operations, policy development
and administration of programs within the Office of Elementary and Secondary
Education. He also advised the White House Initiative on Education
Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He currently leads the education
practice group for B&D Consulting.
Craig Pattee: Pattee is the President of Dutko Worldwide.
In the administration of President George H.W. Bush, he served three years
at the U.S. Department of Education working as senior staff to Deputy Secretary
David Kearns and helping develop and implement Secretary Lamar Alexander's
"America 2000" education strategy. Pattee remains heavily involved
in education reform.
Lovett C. Peters: Peters is the Founding Chairman of the Pioneer
Institute, a Boston-based think tank. He began Pioneer in 1988.
Before founding the Institute, he had a long, successful business career.
Along with his wife, he is a recipient of the Champions of Freedom Award
from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
James A. Peyser: Peyser has been a partner with NewSchools
Venture Fund since 2003. From 1999 to 2006, he served as chairman
of the Massachusetts Board of Education. Prior to joining NewSchools,
Peyser was an education adviser to Governor Romney. From 2001 to
2004, he served as the first Chairman of Massachusetts' Educational Management
Audit Council. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the
Pioneer Institute. Under Governor Bill Weld, he was an Under Secretary
of Education and Special Assistant. He is a member of the board of
five charter management organizations and he serves on the board of the
National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
D'Arcy George Philps: Philps is a Vice President at Van Scoyoc
Associates. Prior to joining the company in 2001, Philps served as
a professional staff member for the U.S. House Committee on Education and
the Workforce. Serving with the committee for eight years, Philps
was actively involved in developing key pieces of education legislation.
Herbert J. Walberg: Walberg is a distinguished visiting fellow
at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12
Education. In 2004, he was confirmed as a member of the National
Board for Education Sciences. Walberg also chairs the board of directors
of the Heartland Institute. He was an adviser to former U.S. Secretary
of Education William Bennett.
John Winn: Winn has a distinguished career in education policy.
An educator for 35 years, he began his career as an elementary and middle
school teacher. He joined the Florida Department of Education in
1984 and served as a Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff before being
appointed Governor Jeb Bush's Commissioner of Education in August 2004.
He retired in February 2007 and joined the National Mathematics and Science
Initiative in March 2007.