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Publication Date: 2002-12-18

Former state superintendents of schools never die; they find new foundations

Press Release dated Dec. 16, 2002

from Marc Tucker, president, National Center on Education and the Economy

***Delaine Eastin has been named to head the newly-formed National Institute for School Leadership, taking office Feb. 1, 2003.

With support of Carnegie Corporation of NY, the Broad Foundation, the New York Schools Venture Fund, and the Stupski Family Foundation, a new non-profit organization has been formed, the National Institute for School LEadership (NISL). California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin has been named executive director.

Comment: Some people regard NCEE as satan incarnate, others as saviors. They do New Standards. They also do America's Choice, who trumpet this statement, "The National Center on Education and the Economy is the nation's leader in standards-based education. NCEE's founders created this not-for-profit organization in the conviction that virtually all young people in the United States can and must achieve at the same high standards reached by their counterparts in other nations."

NCEE also does School to Work, whose goal is embedded in the infamous "Dear Hilary" letter. The introduction to this letter on the Eagle Forum makes for interesting reading in face of No Child Left Behind. Maybe conservatives deserve credit for recognizing a mangy cur when they see it.


When the Business Roundtable Says "Fetch," how fast can you run?

Delaine Eastin says, "I am thrilled to be joining NISL in its endeavor to recast the way school leaders are trained in this nation," said Eastin, who leaves office January 5 under California's term-limits law. "I was in the private sector when American business leaders demanded that we develop a new approach to training corporate managers. Now, amidst today's high-stakes education environment, I hope to be part of the solution to the daunting challenge of recruiting and developing an army of principals focused on improving student achievement and inspiring teachers."

Background: Here are participants in the Broad Foundation's Strategic Planning Retreat

(Note: this is from their website, which, obviously, they don't keep up to date; some superinendents have found a new musical chair.)

Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
Richard C. Atkinson, President, University of California
Alan Bersin, Superintendent, San Diego City Schools
Dominic Brewer, Director, RAND Education
Rudolph F. Crew, Director, The Stupski Foundation
Genethia Hudley Hayes, Board Member, LA Unified School District
David Hornbeck, Founder, Good Schools Pennsylvania
Nancy Ichinaga, Member, California State Board of Education
Diana Lam, Superintendent, Providence Public Schools
Joe Lucente, Board President, CA Network of Educational Charters
Richard L. McCormick, President, University of Washington
Theodore Mitchell, President, Occidental College
Barry Munitz, President and Chief Executive Officer, J. Paul Getty Trust
Mark Murray, President, Grand Valley State University
Joseph Olchefske, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
Ron Ottinger, Board Member, San Diego City Schools
William Ouchi, Professor, The Anderson School at UCLA
Roderick R. Paige, United States Secretary of Education
Richard Riordan, Former Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Nancy Daly-Riordan, Children's rights activist
Waldemar "Bill" Rojas, Former Superintendent, Dallas Public Schools
Steven Sample, President, University of Southern California
Jay Schenirer, Board Member, Sacramento City Unified School District
William Siart, President, ExED LLC Adam Urbanski, President, Rochester Teachers Association
Michael Usdan, Senior Advisor, Institute for Educational

And here's the "elite board" Broad set up to review who should get top prize for urban education:

Anne L. Bryant is executive director of the National School Boards Association, a federation of state and territorial organizations dedicated to advancing education through citizen governance of public schools.
"An outstanding public school system is a result of effective leadership and governance. Once you have established a solid foundation, unified, visionary leadership allows a school district to flourish. These are elements The Broad Prize for Urban Education will measure to determine a school district's success."

Doug Carnine is a professor of education at the University of Oregon and is director of the National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators.
"In education, high standards produce high achievement. That's a fact. And that's why The Broad Prize for Urban Education rewards high standards as well as high achievement. It inspires other districts to review their own operations, curriculum and programs and find ways to dramatically improve their results."

Ramon Cortines is a former chancellor of the New York City Public Schools and superintendent of Pasadena, San Jose and San Francisco school districts. Cortines was appointed by former Secretary of Education Dick Riley to be a special advisor to the secretary. He focused on urban issues and school improvement. In addition, he served as interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
"Based on my experience with public schools, I see a real need for individuals to step up and take ownership to improve our public education system. Eli Broad has stepped to the forefront of urban issues and school improvement by offering The Broad Prize for Urban Education."

Rudy Crew is currently the director of district reform initiatives at the Stupski Foundation. Previously, Crew served as the superintendent of the New York City Public Schools.
"So often we hear about what's going wrong with urban public schools. Little focus is given to strategies and practices that positively impact public schools and students in urban communities. The Broad Prize for Urban Education represents a significant first step in acknowledging the enormity of focused, productive effort taking place in our nation's public schools. Indeed, this is a story worth telling."

Christopher Cross was formerly president and chief executive officer of the Council for Basic Education, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advocacy of high academic standards for all students in America's public schools. In addition, Cross served as an assistant secretary of education under former President Bush.
"What The Broad Prize for Urban Education will do is establish a model for success that every school district in the country can aspire to. The scholarship money is important and a valuable contribution -- but the real payoff will come when other school districts see what success looks like so that they can replicate that success in their own community. "

Charles Desmond is the Associate Chancellor for School/Community Collaboration at the University of Massachusetts.
"If we are to aspire to reach a day where no child is left behind in our nation's urban schools, we must also realize the importance of community in reaching this goal. The Broad Prize for Urban Education underscores the centrality of community collaboration as a necessary and vital link to increases in student achievement."

Sandra Feldman is president of the American Federation of Teachers, an organization that represents one million school teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, health care professionals and state and municipal employees.
"The Broad Prize is a welcome recognition of the positive work being done in so many urban school systems, about which we too often and unfairly hear only the negative."

Lisa Graham Keegan is chief executive of the Education Leaders Council, a national organization of reform-minded state education chiefs who oversee the education of more than 30 percent of the nation's public school students. In 1994 and again in 1998, Keegan was elected as Arizona's state superintendent of public instruction.

Frederick Hess is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of several books on education reform.
"The Broad Prize serves to recognize educators in urban school systems who are making real strides at improving teaching and learning for their students. Recognizing such accomplishments can help to shift attention from intricate reform proposals or proclaimed intentions and to place it squarely on the question of whether students are learning. Broad Prize winners will be those districts that make clear that urban districts can effectively serve their youth and will illustrate paths that other districts might follow."

David Hornbeck currently serves as a member of the Founding Council at Good Schools Pennsylvania. Hornbeck is a former superintendent of the Philadelphia, PA public school system.
"The heart of a thriving school district lies with each individual student who belongs there and makes it a success. The Broad Prize for Urban Education honors and recognizes students."

Tom Houlihan is the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nationwide, nonprofit organization that represents the country's chief state school officers.
"The Broad Prize for Urban Education exemplifies terrific innovation and incentive and provides a great resource for our states. It gives them a key example of the exceptional work happening at the local level, and helps us all embrace the notion of local decisions that promote success."

Gerry House is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Student Achievement. Previously, she served as school superintendent in Memphis, TN, and Chapel Hill, NC. She has also been a teacher, junior and senior high school guidance counselor, principal and assistant superintendent. House was the recipient of the American Association of School Administrators' 1999 National Superintendent of the Year award.
"Education is the cornerstone of our children's future. The Broad Prize for Urban Education creates a strong incentive for schools to strive for something better for American youth."

Phyllis Hunter is an education consultant in Houston, Texas, and a literacy consultant to President George W. Bush.
"Intensifying our country's attention on education and reading through extraordinary efforts like The Broad Prize for Urban Education will ensure that school districts try harder, work better and take credit where it's due. Reading well and strategically is every child's civil right! The Broad Prize for Urban Education rewards urban districts who are effective activists in this fight for literacy."

Sandy Kress is an attorney in Austin, Texas, a former member of the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees and an education advisor to President George W. Bush.
"The goals of the No Child Left Behind Act serve as the foundation for the Broad Prize criteria. If, indeed, we are to leave no child behind, urban school districts must succeed in effectively educating their students, particularly disadvantaged students. Many urban districts have succeeded, and some have actually excelled. These achievements should be recognized, so that all can look to the excellence of those ahead as benchmarks against which improvement can be planned and executed. It is this manner of making progress toward meeting the objectives of the new federal challenge that the Broad Prize hopes to encourage."

Sara Martinez Tucker is president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation.
"At the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, we work daily with students seeking a better life. The Broad Prize for Urban Education will go a long way towards providing children in urban schools with the funding needed to go to college and become the next generation of leaders."

Ann Reynolds is currently president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
"Most of our students at UAB are fine products of our public education system. The Broad Foundation's superb efforts to provide college scholarships for deserving high school students will enable them to achieve the American Dream."

Ted Sanders is president of the Education Commission of the States, an interstate compact that helps state policymakers shape education policies.
"The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is a national, nonprofit organization that helps governors, legislators, state education officials and others identify, develop and implement public policies to improve student learning at all levels. The Broad Prize clearly demonstrates the power of one organization to create a national honor that single-handedly advances the sharing of educational best practices."

Anthony Trujillo is a senior associate at the National Center on Education and the Economy. He was formerly superintendent of public schools in El Paso Ysleta School District in Texas and Marin County and Sweetwater Union High School District in California.
Notice any patterns? Do you see Lou Gerstner and Harold McGraw rooting from the wings?

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