Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican and vocal advocate of strengthening his historically low-performing state’s academic standards, told reporters this month that his next role will be as a lobbyist on education and economic development. Paperwork initially filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission lists a number of businesses as Mr. Riley’s clients, but no education organizations. One client listed is EADS North America, a defense and aerospace corporation based in Arlington, Va., which recently hired former Louisiana schools chief Paul Pastorek as its chief counsel.
A version of this article appeared in the August 24, 2011 edition of Education Week as Ex-Governor Turns to Lobbying