Update (12:30 pm): School Zone has a report. It’s not quite waving a white flag, but the State Board will consider extending the application deadline in a conference call at 6 pm this evening (yes, Friday of Memorial Day weekend). Apparently the applicant pool isn’t what they were hoping for.
No list of candidates has officially been released by the search firm hired by the State Board of Education, but Jeff Solochek at Gradebook has posted a list he received from board member Roberto Martinez. A quick look at the list reveals only two viable candidates. No word on whether either knows a lick of science, or even cares to.
From a Hoover Institution bio:
Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was the U.S. assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007 to 2009. In 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Evers is a past member of National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, a past commissioner on the California State Academic Standards Commission, past trustee on the Santa Clara County Board of Education, and a past president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School. He currently serves on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Academic Content Standards Commission.
Evers also recently signed onto an open letter opposing the common core standards, common assessments, and everything of the sort. The letter is titled “Closing the Door on Innovation – Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America.” It opens:
We, the undersigned, representing viewpoints from across the political and educational spectrum, oppose the call for a nationalized curriculum in the Albert Shanker Institute Manifesto “A Call for Common Content.”1 We also oppose the ongoing effort by the U.S. Department of Education to have two federally funded testing consortia develop national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national instructional materials, and national assessments using Common Core’s national standards as a basis for these efforts.
Of course, this would represent a 180 degree turn from the direction Florida has taken under Commissioner Smith as a leader in the Common Core movement.
From the Progress Education Corporation bio:
Dr. Jandris is an educator and business person with a wide range of experience. He most recently started Progress Education Corporation to offer staff development, school improvement planning, policy consulting, and a line of proprietary technology based learning management tools to teachers, schools, districts, and states. Just prior, he served as the President of EDmin, Inc., a company that develops technology solutions to empower performance management in public education. Other private sector, education experience includes founding and managing Fox River Learning and serving as CEO of HOSTS Corporation and Education World. Prior to his service to EDmin, he served as the lead consultant to the Governor of Michigan and the Mayor’s Office in Detroit during the reform takeover of the Detroit Public Schools. He was also asked by Governor Bush and Commissioner Gallagher in Florida to help draft the enabling legislation to implement a constitutional amendment to restructure the governance of Florida’s entire education system. Additional work is focused on designing and planning comprehensive performance management systems for urban school districts. Dr. Jandris served as advisor to the President, Secretary of Education, and Department of Education (DOE) on the drafting, passage, and implementation of NCLB.
In his capacity as Director of State Services for the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Dr. Jandris and his team were the policy consultants and technical advisors to the Nation’s governors, legislators and other education leaders. In his role as Director, Dr. Jandris was the chief architect and leader of the Urban Coalition and Corporate Partners Programs at ECS. While with ECS, Dr. Jandris also directed the three-year, national study of the Governance of America’s Schools.
Prior to his tenure at ECS, Dr. Jandris had extensive careers in both education and the private sector. He was a teacher, principal, director of Secondary Education and Superintendent at a large urban district. Dr. Jandris is currently an Adjunct Professor at the National Louis University’s National College of Education where he teaches graduate courses in educational foundations, educational research, group theory, curriculum, and instruction: theory and design, cross-cultural education, curriculum, analysis and applications, field study, human development/learning and educational supervision. He was recently named to the faculty of Nova Southeastern University as a Professor. He founded and grew a highly successful human resources consulting company. He is a past U.S. Olympic Team member and syndicated columnist.
Dr. Jandris is a licensed psychologist who continues to teach at the graduate level. His education includes a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, an M.Ed. from Wayne State and a B.S. in Education from Eastern Illinois University.
Two notes on Dr. Jandris. First, I hadn’t heard of National-Louis University until now. It turns out it is located in Chicago. I have heard of Nova Southeastern, which is based in Fort Lauderdale. Second, my heart leaped when I saw “group theory” in his list of academic interests. And then I realized that it’s not that group theory. So never mind.
Update (9:10 am): Jeff Solochek says at Gradebook that State Board of Ed member Roberto Martinez said that “more names might still trickle in over the next few days. As long as they’re postmarked May 25 or earlier, they’ll be considered.” I’m trying to picture Joel Klein stuffing a thick envelope and licking a stamp. It’s not working for me.