School Choice & Charters

Former Bush Administration Official Moves to Charter Schools Group

By Sean Cavanagh — June 14, 2012 1 min read

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Nina S. Rees, a former top education adviser in President George W. Bush’s administration, has been named the next president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Rees served as assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement in the Bush administration, where she had a lead role in promoting the Republican president’s efforts to expand school choice, through both charters and vouchers. She also served as a one-time adviser to Bush’s vice-president, Dick Cheney, and has worked an education analyst at the Heritage Foundation. Recently she’s served as a senior vice-president at Knowledge Universe, an education company that operates worldwide.

[UPDATE (June 15): Rees also had been serving as co-chair of K-12 issues for Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign for the White House. Rees has now resigned from that role, upon taking the job at the charter schools group, the alliance said Thursday.]

The alliance, headquartered in Washington, is an advocacy group that seeks to promote and strengthen charter schools. Ursula Wright holds CEO post at the alliance on an interim basis. Rees will take over the post in August.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Charters & Choice blog.