So who might Mitt Romney pick as his education secretary should he win the November presidential election?
Here’s a list of some of the probable candidates, based on the people that Romney chose to be on his Education Policy Advisory Group, or that his campaign has used as “surrogates” to speak on education, or that are beloved by Republicans as important education reformers. In the latter category would be people such as Michelle Rhee and former Florida governor Jeb Bush and even Joel Klein.
According to campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul, the four people who the campaign has used most often as education surrogates are, in the order she sent them:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who Republicans have praised for pushing through a sweeping school reform law that allows the state to offer vouchers for private school tuition to more than half of its public school students, expand the number of privately managed charter schools and give letter grades to preschoolers. Under the voucher system’s proposed “accountability plan,” a private school with 39 or fewer voucher students can keep receiving state funds even if students fail to show basic competency in reading, math, social studies and science. Critics call it the biggest assault on public education in any single state.