John Danielson, former chief of staff to the U.S. Department of Education, has been appointed to LeadAmerica's executive advisory board. Danielson has said LeadAmerica is essentially a "Head Start program for college and career readiness."
Patricia Wright, Virginia's superintendent for public instruction, has asked the state board of education to require publishers to provide documentation for books they submit for review after one textbook, Our Virginia, was found riddled with errors.
Ending Ethnic Studies
On Dec. 31, his final day as Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, Tom Horne said the Tucson Unified School District must end its ethnic studies program. Tucson plans to appeal if the state withholds funding for failing to comply.
The Education Commission of the States, a 46-year-old interstate organization to improve public education, has appointed Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to be its chair. Hickenlooper replaces Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.
Kristin Richmond and business partner Kirsten Tobey were named one of TIME magazine's top 11 education activists for 2011. Their company, Revolution Foods, provides healthy school lunches to low-income students across the country.