The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee last week approved 11 members to serve on a long-awaited advisory board on educational research. The nominations are expected to face easy confirmation in the full Senate.
The new National Board for Education Sciences was created two years ago. President Bush announced his first 13 nominees to the board nine months ago.
The 11 approved by the Senate panel last week are: Jonathan Baron, the executive director of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Research; Elizabeth Ann Bryan, a former adviser to Secretary of Education Rod Paige; James R. Davis, the superintendent of the Hattiesburg, Miss., public schools; F. Philip Handy, the chairman of the Florida state board of education; Eric A. Hanushek, a Stanford University professor; and Caroline M. Hoxby, a Harvard University professor.
Also approved were: Roberto Ibarra Lopez, the head of a Houston charter school; Richard J. Milgram, a Stanford professor; Sally E. Shaywitz, a Yale University professor; Joseph K. Torgesen, a Florida State University professor; and Herbert J. Walberg, a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago.
Two nominees were previously approved by the committee, and the president has announced his choices for the remaining two seats on the board: Craig T. Ramey, a co-director of the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education, and Carole D’Amico, a former assistant secretary for vocational and adult education.