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Published in Print: January 21, 2004, as A Look at the Education Leaders Council

A Look at the Education Leaders Council

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MISSION: To be "a national voice" for school improvement based on accountability, school choice, and innovation by classroom teachers.

HISTORY: Founded in 1995 by 11 conservative-leaning state education policymakers.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Lisa Graham Keegan, former Arizona state superintendent of public instruction and a founding member of the ELC.

STAFF: Ten, up from three when Ms. Keegan was hired in 2001.


BUDGET: About $1.7 million for ELC operations in 2003, not including a major federal grant overseen by the ELC.

FEDERAL GRANTS: Manages Following the Leaders project, underwritten by $13.5 million in federal grants. Program gives participating schools assessment, tutoring, and other programs to help in meeting requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Also received about $400,000 in federal money to market educator-credentialing process being designed by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.

SOURCE: Education Leaders Council

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