News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Former Goodling Aide Takes Higher Ed. Post
Sally Stroup was sworn in March 20 as the Department of Education's assistant secretary for postsecondary education.
Just before joining the department, she was a lobbyist for the Apollo Group Inc. which runs the for-profit University of Phoenix system. From 1993 to 2001, she worked as an aide to then-Rep. Bill Goodling, R-Pa., on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Previously, she was a lawyer with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency for more than a decade.
As assistant secretary, Ms. Stroup will serve as Secretary of Education Rod Paige's principal adviser on postsecondary matters and will oversee the department's financial-aid programs for higher education.
With Ms. Stroup's swearing-in, the department has just one vacancy that requires Senate approval: the assistant secretary for civil rights. The nomination of Gerald R. Reynolds, a utility industry lawyer, is pending before a Senate committee.
—Erik W. Robelen
Arizona Doctor Named Surgeon General
President Bush announced last week that he has selected Richard H. Carmona, a Tuscon, Ariz., surgeon and sheriff's deputy, to be the new surgeon general.
In announcing the choice, Mr. Bush called the surgeon general's position America's "chief health educator." The president then joked: "When I first learned that Dr. Richard Carmona once dangled out of a moving helicopter, I worried that maybe he isn't the best guy to educate our Americans about reducing health risks." That incident, in which the physician rescued someone stranded on a cliff, was just one of several times Dr. Carmona risked his own life to save others, Mr. Bush said.
Dr. Carmona, a 52-year-old trauma surgeon who is seen as an expert in emergency medicine, earned one of 10 "Top Cop" awards from the National Association of Police Organizations in 2000.
If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Carmona will fill the position recently vacated by Dr. David Satcher, who was appointed by President Clinton. Dr. Carmona dropped out of high school to join the Army, but later earned a General Educational Development credential and went on to college and medical school.
—Erik W. Robelen
Research Forum Focuses on 'What Works'
Researchers and educators called for more specific and usable education research last week at a Washington forum on research quality and its value in setting policy and guiding educators.
During the March 26 event, educators said they value educational research and use it regularly. But they pushed for more timely data and stressed that reports must be easy to read and understand.
The forum, sponsored by the Progressive Policy Institute, the Education Quality Institute, and the National Education Knowledge Industry Association, among others, also featured researchers who emphasized the role their work will play in future policy. Use of research-proven strategies is a key principle of the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001.
The Department of Education hopes to improve the process and the research available with a new "what works" clearinghouse. The department is seeking proposals for the development of a national mechanism to track programs and strategies that have been successful.
—Michelle R. Davis
Vol. 21, Issue 29, Page 31