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Bush/Cheney 2004 Educators Team



Ohanian Comment: I looked up a little bio information on this committee. I tried to keep this brief, but some of these people have long history as party flaks.

I didn't go much into the money source connections. Dr. Sally Shaywitz's notorious connections, for example, could run to several pages. I resisted.


National Steering Committee

Pam Ackerson: Burlington, VT teacher.

Jane Amero: Former Maine state senator; former chair of the state board of education.

Dr. Joyce Bales: Pueblo County, Colorado schools superintendent.

Bill Brock: Former U. S. senator from Tennessee; former secretary of labor; former head of Republican National Committee; architect of SCANS report; Board of advisors, SchoolNet; head of Bridges, billed as intervention educational program.

Stu Card: Des Moines, Iowa teacher.

Dr. Gilberto Cardenas: Assistant provost and Director of of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Nortre Dame in Indiana.

Dr. Doug Carnine: SRA author. Director of the National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators; professor of education at the University of Oregon.

Kathy Cox: Georgia State Superintendent of Schools; Georgia secretary of state.

Jean Cryor: Maryland House of Delagates, member of the Education Subcommittee for Ways and Means.

Dr. Williamson "Bill" Evers: research fellow at the Hoover Institution; Presidentially-appointed senior adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Education; infamous for flushing the NCTM-based California math standards down the toilet at a public gathering.

Liz Gibbons: Directs CHARACTERplus, a division of the Missouri Cooperating School Districts.

Bill Grimm: Chairman of the board of trustees for the first charter school in New Hampshire; former chairman of the Franklin School Board.

John Hage: President and CEO of Charter Schools USA. “CSUSA provides comprehensive turnkey school outsourcing for corporations, government entities, developers and non-profits and assists with all phases of charter school design, planning, development, financing, construction, marketing, financing, human resources, curricula and school operations.”

Brenda Hastings: New Hampshire teacher.

Scott Hebert: Former teacher; guidance counselor.

Linda Henderson: Formerly Exeter School Board; member of the Exeter Region Cooperative School Board.

Dr. Frederick "Rick" Hess: Resident Scholar with the American Enterprise Institute; guest editorialist, Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Gloria Hom: Teacher in the California community college system.

Jim Horne: Florida Commissioner Education; former Florida state senator.

Sandy Kress: Principal architect of No Child Left Behind; formerly President of the board of trustees of the Dallas Public Schools; former Dallas County Democratic Party chairman, a Democratic congressional candidate, a member of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Peggy Krokstrom: education consultant; former Missouri teacher.

Kent LaPage: Chairman, Portsmouth, NH school board.

Mary Ellen Ledwin: Maine state house of Representatives.

Jim Libby: Assistant professor of business administration, Thomas College; Former Maine state senator; candidate for governor.

Patti Lodge: Idaho state senator; agribusiness owner. {Check out her family financial dealings: http://proliberty.com/observer/20031103.htm

Tom Luce: Chairman of the board and founder of Just for the Kids; Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Educational Accountability; founding partner and managing partner of Hughes & Luce, LLP; formerly chief of staff of the Select Committee on Public Education in Texas; co-founder of the Texas Business and Education Coalition. Serves on the boards of Dell Computer, the Texas Education Reform Caucus, the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, Rand Education Advisory Board.

Sawin Millett: Maine House of Representatives; formerly Maine commissioner of Education.

Dr. Velma Montoya: University of California Board of Regents.

Dr. Mike Moses: Recently-resigned superintendent Dallas Public Schools; former Texas Commissioner of Education.

Lynn Nash” Arkansas educator.

Kimberly Owens: President, Tolleson, AZ Union High School District Governing Board.

Steve Papermaster: Chairman of Powershift Ventures LP, an Austin, Texas-based technology venture development company focused on building software and technology companies; member President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST); Chairman of the Energy Committee; member of the Technology for Combating Terrorism Committee; founder and chairman of Technology Network Texas (TechNet), a national high-technology advocacy group for policy issues and is a member of the National Executive Committee; formerly consultant with Andersen Consulting.

Ed Rust: Formerly co-chairman of the Business Coalition for Excellence in Education; CEO State Farm Insurance; member of board McGraw-Hill; Board of trustees, American Enterprise Institute; Chair,, Education Task Force, Business Roundtable; past chair, National Alliance of Business; member of board, Achieve; President-elect Bush’s Transition Advisory Team Committee on Education. And if you want to know how all these things work together, see Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? by Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian (Heinemann 2004).

Susan Sailor: Florida educator.

Leslie Saucedo: New Mexico educator.

Enedelia Schofield: Oregon educator.

Dr. Sally Shaywitz: Professor of pediatrics and director of a center studying cognitive development in students; member National Reading panel; National Academy of Sciences Panel on Preventing Reading Difficulties in Children. If you're interested in "connections," take a look at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.

Rosemary Thomson: Former teacher; former Iowa state representative.

Dr. George Tombaugh: former education policy advisor and liaison to Governor Bob Taft; school superintendent in Ohio

Leah Vukmir: Wisconsin House of Representatives; formerly research fellow, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute; Past Pres. and Co-founder of Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools (PRESS); Recipient: Center for Education Reform's Unsung Hero Award 1998.

Virginia Walden-Ford: Executive Director D.C. Parents for School Choice; formerly Community Outreach Director/Media Specialist for Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS); formerly volunteer, the Center for Education Reform.

Brett Whipple: Regent for the University and Community College System of Nevada.

Grace Williams: Florida educator

Charles Zogby: Senior Vice-President of Education and Policy, K-12, Inc; former Pennsylvania secretary of education; formerly director of the nationalities coalition for the Bush-Quayle '88 presidential campaign; national field coordinator for the Ethnic Voters Division of Reagan-Bush '84.

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