At long last, the education advocacy group begun by former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has named a new, permanent board of directors.
In addition to Rhee herself, the board members include:
• comedian and school choice advocate Bill Cosby;
• decorated television journalist Connie Chung;
• Jennifer Johnson, an executive vice president and CEO for Franklin Resources, an investment-management organization;
• former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein, now the CEO of News Corporation’s Education Division;
• Roland Martin, a syndicated journalist, columnist, and CNN analyst;
• Jalen Rose, an ESPN/ABC analyst, philanthropist, and former pro basketball player who helped to found a charter school in Detroit;
• Blair Taylor, the chief community officer for Starbucks coffee and a former CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League.
It’s an interesting mix of folks, most of whom have been involved in various school-choice, civil rights, or educational endeavors.
The board will be announced to StudentsFirst’s membership via email today.
Begun in 2010, StudentsFirst is one of a new breed of education advocacy groups that are using a sophisticated, tiered structure to engage in a variety of activities, including disseminating educational materials, lobbying, and supporting political candidates.
The group’s interim board members included David Coleman, a lead English/Language-arts writer of the Common Core State Standards initiative.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.