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For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Contact:Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106

Advisory Committee of 29 To Interview Education Commissioner Finalists

MALDEN - An advisory committee of 29 educators, business leaders, students, parents, legislators and stakeholders will interview the three finalists for Commissioner of Education along with the Board of Education on January 7.

The committee will be broken up into two separate groups. One group will be moderated by Henry Thomas, president of the Urban League of Springfield; the other will be moderated by William Rodriguez, of Boston's Campaign for Proficiency.

Each finalist will have a 90-minute interview with the Board, and a 45-minute interview with each advisory group.

"These panels of key constituents will give the Board invaluable perspective, from multiple angles, on our three extraordinary finalists," said Board of Education Chairman Paul Reville. "This Board is committed to a participatory, inclusive and transparent process. We are grateful to these committee members for their time and views."

The wide-ranging committee has been assembled exclusively for the January 7 interviews, to help inform the Board's decision on who should be the state's next education commissioner. Members were selected to represent the wide range of

constituents and stakeholders impacted by public education in the Commonwealth.

Following each interview, every committee member will fill out an evaluation form on each candidate. These responses will be compiled and returned to Board members before they make their final decision.

The three finalists for Commissioner were named on December 19. They are: Lowell Superintendent Karla Brooks Baehr, Ohio Senior Associate State Superintendent Mitchell Dan Chester, and Wallace Foundation Education Director Richard Laine. They were selected from a pool of 16 people who submitted applications, and were among eight semifinalists interviewed by the Board earlier this month.

The January 7 interviews will be conducted publicly at the Omni Parker House. The Board is expected to vote to name the state's next Commissioner of Education no later than their scheduled January 22 meeting.

Members of the Advisory Committee
NameAffiliation
William Rodriguez (moderator)Campaign for Proficiency
Henry Thomas (moderator)Urban League of Springfield
Sen. Edward AugustusVice Chair of Joint Committee on Education
Maura BantaIBM, MA Business Alliance for Education
Andrew CalkinsMass Insight Education
Margaret CampbellCodman Academy
Peter CirioniDepartment of Education
Simone Cooper-LynchDepartment of Education
Mary Faith-ArendDepartment of Education
Lynda FoisyDepartment of Education
Tom GosnellAmerican Federation of Teachers
Rev. Gregory GrooverBoston School Committee
Rep. Patricia HaddadCo-Chair of Joint Committee on Education
Carolyn HendersonThe China Exchange Initiative
Nadya HigginsMA Elementary School Principals Association
Calvin HillWorcester Polytechnic Institute
Glenn KoocherMA Association of School Committees
Ioannis MiaoulisMuseum of Science
Linda HayesMA Secondary Schools Administrators Association
Richard RobisonFederation for Children with Special Needs
Marta RosaWheelock College
Tom ScottMA Association of School Superintendents
Michelle TremontMA Parent Teachers Association
Miren UriarteThe Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy
Ron WalkerAtlas Learning Committees
Anne WassMA Teachers Association
Datrion WilliamsStudent Advisory Council
Anand VaishnavBoston Public Schools
Karen VigueDepartment of Education



Last Updated: December 27, 2007
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