Richard W. Riley
Standards Hello McFly, One More Time: South Carolina's 1998 Standards Push
Back in 1998, South Carolina decided to give its new standards some bite by holding students and schools more accountable through standardized tests.
States Richard Riley on Federal and State Roles in Education
Former Secretary of Education Richard Riley says that recent federal efforts to provide support to states, and support common tests, are good policy.
Law & Courts Ex-Secretary Riley Gets a New Position: Capital Rainmaker
Former Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley has always acted more like a soft-spoken Southern lawyer than a busy Cabinet officer in the limelight of the nation’s capital.
Education Former Ed. Secretary Riley Says Law Needs Change of Emphasis
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley says the federal No Child Left Behind Act merits some tinkering to shift its emphasis from "compliance" back to teaching and learning.
Meeting District Needs A Compass in the Storm
What does it take to form effective school-business partnerships at a time when concern about excess commercialism in schools fosters scrutiny of such relationships? Former U.S. secretaries of education Lamar Alexander and Richard W. Riley offer "guiding principles."
Federal Riley Grilled on Travel, Department Fraud Allegations
In a recent congressional hearing, Republicans grilled Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley on financial-management practices at the Department of Education and the secretary's travel schedule.
Education School's Out For Riley
Whoever is tapped to be the next secretary of education will have a tough act to follow. Richard Riley, the former South Carolina governor who's held the position since 1993, is respected by both politicos and regular folks for his integrity and down-home style. In September, Riley met with contributing writer Joetta L. Sack to discuss his legacy—and to make one last pitch to teachers to get involved in policy reform. Secretary hopefuls, listen and learn.
School Climate & Safety Riley Releases New Class-Size Report
In its first year, President Clinton's highly touted federal class-size-reduction program helped nearly two-thirds of the nation's elementary schools hire an estimated 29,000 new teachers, according to a report released last week by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.