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Gist joins ‘Chiefs for Change’ to push education reform

November 30, 2010

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and four other state education officials have formed a group called Chiefs for Change, which they say is “a bi-partisan group of State Education Chiefs committed to bold education reform.”

Gist says partnerships like this one will help move education reform efforts forward.

“As leaders committed to transforming education, each of us believes that we must act urgently and in the best interest of students and that we can best do so in partnership,” Gist says in a press release announcing the formation of the group

Chiefs for Change envisions itself as a national network of experts who can advocate for education reform policies at the local, state, and national levels.

The group is supported by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a non profit with strong Republican ties. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush founded the organisation and serves as its president.  National Policy Advisor Angela Recker served as special counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney for domestic policy.

Other state education chiefs joining the partnership include Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith and Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson.

A spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Education says Gist felt the group had strong alignment with her priorities, including a focus on the importance of the teacher in the classroom and a push for stronger teacher evaluations.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Better than Frank permalink
    November 30, 2010 9:45 pm

    Gist’s true colors are starting to come out.

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