Goals Panel Nominates Candidates for Board
The National Education Goals Panel has nominated a dozen "outstanding individuals'' to serve on the new board that will review and certify education standards and assessments.
President Clinton must pick four of the panel's nominees to serve on the 19-member National Education Standards and Improvement Council. He will select the remaining members from lists submitted by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, Speaker of the House Thomas S. Foley, and the Senate majority leader, George J. Mitchell.
The goals panel's list, which the panel approved unanimously at a meeting in Boston on July 16, includes Vermont's schools chief, a teachers' union leader, a linguist, and a researcher in special education. Before reaching their decision, the panel members culled through more than 200 potential candidates suggested by a wide variety of groups.
Many observers have stressed that the quality and expertise of those who serve on the board will largely determine its usefulness.
By law, Mr. Clinton must appoint the board members this month. They are expected to begin work in September.
The President is also expected to announce appointments this fall to the National Skill Standards Board, which will certify occupational standards.
The goals panel's nominees for the education-standards panel are:
- Richard P. Mills, the commissioner of education in Vermont;
- Iris Carl, the director of mathematics for the Houston Independent School District, who was the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics when it developed content standards for that field;
- Judith Lanier, the president of the Michigan Partnership for New Education, a coalition working to reform teacher education in that state, and a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;
- Edward Bales, the director of education at Motorola University, the training arm of the Motorola Corporation;
- Diana Natalicio, the president of the University of Texas at El Paso and an applied linguist;
- Albert Shanker, the president of the American Federation of Teachers;
- Janet Crouse, the chairwoman of the education commission of the National P.T.A.;
- Wilhelmina Delco, a Texas state legislator and a former vice chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board;
- Hilary Pennington, the president of Jobs for the Future and an expert on school-to-work issues;
- Laurie Chivers, the deputy superintendent of public instruction in Utah;
- Robert Linn, a professor of education at the University of Colorado and a co-director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing; and
- James Ysseldyke, the director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.