Riley Adds His Voice to NCLB Debate

June 26, 2008 1 min read

Yesterday’s Washington Post included a special advertising section on education issues sponsored by the National Education Association. (Memo to Mike Antonucci: Can you find out how much that cost?)

The editorial content included a Reg Weaver column covering the bottom half of the front page and short essays by a who’s who of Education Week sources (Linda Darling-Hammond and George Wood on the “Democracy at Risk” report; Jacob E. Adams Jr. and Kati Haycock on school finance; Richard Ingersoll on teacher quality).

The one that caught my eye was written by Richard W. Riley, the secretary of education for all eight years of the Clinton presidency. Riley has played a few roles behind the scenes since leaving Washington in 2001. But now he’s heading up a new practice at his law firm that will focus on education issues. Look for him to be more visible in education debates in coming years. You can learn more about his new venture at

Here is Riley’s list of issues to be addressed under the future NCLB:

“Setting the right standards;
“Strengthening teaching;
“Teaching higher-level skills;
“Making the most of the after-school hours;
“Giving all students a strong start;
“Expanding access to college;
“Developing good data.”

NOTE: I couldn’t find any of the articles from the supplement online. If anyone else find it, please send over the link.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.