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“The 58-year-old businessman, son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, has spent less than three years in elective office, but in that time the state has closed a $3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, schools have scored first in national math and science tests and Romney held out until the Legislature gave him a tough new drunken driving law he demanded.”

“Education Accomplishments as Governor of Massachusetts...

Massachusetts 4th and 8th graders scored first in the nation in both math and English—the first time in history a state has achieved this accomplishment.” [of coming in first in all NAEP tests administered to all the grades tested]

Platform and Record

“Massachusetts students in both 4th and 8th grade have led the nation in performance on NAEP exams in both Reading and Math since 2005.”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam is an annual exam that tests either grades 4, 8 or 12 in certain subjects. For example, in 2003 the NAEP tested 4th and 8th graders in math and reading. In 2007 the exam tested 4th and 8th graders in math, reading and writing. In 2008, the NAEP exam administered was arts to 8th graders. In 2009 the exam tested 4th, 8th and 12th graders in math, reading and science.


Give Students Incentives and Tools to Succeed:

As Governor, Mitt Romney:

■ Created a merit-based scholarship that provides full tuition to a state university or college to the top 25% of high school students graduating from public schools, including charter schools. (13,000 awarded in 2005, 14,000 in 2006, and 16,000 in 2007).

■ Began a program to expand charter schools, providing and increasing funding, fighting the legislature's cap and moratorium on charter schools, and successfully increased the number of charter schools and the number of students attending them. (Charter Schools)

■ Proposed bill supplying every high school and middle school student with a laptop.

■ Proposed parental preparation classes to help parents take active role in kids education (as part of Kindergarten registration, parents accepting state-funded childcare must attend at least one class, voluntary for all others -- Romney Testifies on Education Reform - Jan 11, 2006)

Give Teachers Incentives and Tools to Succeed:

“■ Provide special financial bonuses to math and science teachers, Advanced Placement teachers, and teachers with a proven record of results.

■ Create a mentor teaching program and increase funding for teacher training.

■ Equip the state to intervene faster in failing schools to provide leadership training and give principals the authority they need to turn around failing schools.

■ Raise state education aid to its highest level in history.”

“Under the Romney plan, teachers in the Commonwealth would be eligible for annual bonuses ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. Significant new investments in teacher development and recruitment are planned, including the hiring of 1,000 highly qualified math and science teachers as part of a new “Commonwealth Teaching Corps” that would be eligible for specific $5,000 annual bonuses. Teachers whose Advanced Placement math and science students demonstrate measured achievement could also receive up to a $5,000 annual bonus.

“ "I believe that our best teachers are underpaid and should be rewarded for the extra effort they bring to the classroom and the results they deliver for our students," said Romney. "Teachers should be compensated according to their ability to produce real results, not solely on the number of years they’ve been on the job. If we want to attract ambitious teachers, we need to treat teaching as a profession." ”

“Significant changes in teacher evaluation are also being proposed. Evaluations would be removed from the collective bargaining process, and would instead be based on improvement in student performance and peer review...

“ "Governor Romney’s education reform plan addresses the single biggest challenge for our state’s economy, which is supplying the pipeline of skilled workers that technology employers need for sustained future growth," said Massachusetts High Technology Council President Christopher R. Anderson. "The Governor’s plan rightly focuses on attracting and retaining the best math and science teachers, while giving them the support and tools they need to prepare students for the competitive global economy." ”

“In separate surprise ceremonies this morning, Governor Mitt Romney joined students, teachers and local officials at Randolph High School in Randolph and Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester to honor two unsuspecting teachers with $25,000 Milken Educator Awards...

“ "Teachers like Jasmine Lellock and Thabiti Brown are critical to the success of our education initiatives and are doing an outstanding job preparing our children for future success in the classroom and the world," Romney said. "Teaching professionals are the backbone of our educational system and the best should be recognized and rewarded." ”

Other Actions by the Romney administration:

Implemented new proficiency requirements for graduation:

“In 2003, passage of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) became a graduation requirement for the state’s high school seniors...

“Only 55 percent of the class of 2002 passed the test, which is first administered in the tenth grade, and it was hard to convince people—parents especially—that the assessment was fair and at the right level. The next year, however, when the test counted, the pass rate jumped to 72 percent; after retesting, eventually 95 percent of the class of 2003 passed the test. The rates so far for the classes of 2004 and 2005 have been even better. So, clearly, the stance that we at the Department of Education took, that the MCAS set the right standard—that it is an appropriately hard test to do well on, but not a hard test to pass—has been rewarded.”

Successfully defended performance based program from lawsuit:

“As education advisor to Governor Mitt Romney, he helped develop the governor’s comprehensive education reform proposal of 2005, and also led the reforms of the state's district and charter funding formulas. In 2003, Dr. Costrell’s extensive expert testimony in Massachusetts’ school finance case (Hancock v. Driscoll) proved critical to the successful defense of that state's education reform program.”

Created Education department to focus on early education:

“On July 1, 2005, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to launch an independent department with a primary focus on early education and care. This innovative governance structure was created to have equal standing with the state’s Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Higher Education (BHE). In Massachusetts and nationally, the new Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) was greeted with excitement, high expectations and a keen sense of watchfulness. The newly consolidated Department was given oversight of early education and care providers and after-school programs for children ages 0-14 (and through age 16 for children with special needs)...

“Specifically, research has demonstrated that low-income children who benefit from a high-quality early education are more likely to excel in school, stay off welfare and out of jail, and to later become good parents themselves. Economic research also showed a potential return on investment in high-quality early education for low-income children could lead to as much as a 16% return on every dollar invested...

“The Department was responsible for providing information and support to families of the over one million children... for licensing, monitoring and supporting early education and care providers, and providing financial assistance for low income children - funding approximately 54,000 slots in fiscal year 2006...

“Fully 77% of the diverse group of respondents interviewed for this study reported that the newly consolidated Department was either better, or not worse than the previous structure...

“Since the launch of EEC in Massachusetts, several other states have made similar governance changes to elevate early education, and more states are exploring governance structures that recognize its importance. As the first state in the nation to establish an independent Department of Early Education and Care, Massachusetts has forged a path for others to follow.”


Eliminating Waste:

“When he took office, Mr. Romney found the state in fiscal collapse, with a projected deficit of $3 billion in a $23 billion budget. He moved administratively where possible to overhaul a sprawling set of human-services bureaucracies, reform the civil-service system, fix a mismanaged school-building assistance program and consolidate a patronage-riddled court system. Many of his legislative efforts were stymied by a liberal, overwhelmingly Democratic state legislature, but he was partly successful in pressuring Massachusetts lawmakers to make deep spending cuts in his first year in office.”

Mitt Romney “Initiated a school building reform that has jump-started hundreds of school projects.”

Misuse of funds:

“Romney also rejected a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities” (2004)

“A bill currently being considered by the Legislature would provide in-state tuition at our public colleges and university to individuals who are in the United States illegally. That is wrong. Because a family breaks the law, that should not entitle them to a taxpayer subsidy. Enactment of this legislation would encourage more illegal immigration and send the wrong message to those immigrants who played by the rules. Governor Romney vetoed a similar provision last June, and he is prepared to do so again.” (2005)

“Also certain to resurface in the Legislature is a bill that would provide in-state tuition rates at public colleges to undocumented immigrants.

“Lawmakers approved the tuition measure last year, but Romney vetoed it and an attempted override failed in the House in January” (2006)

Fighting Corruption:

“Romney specifically aimed to overhaul the sprawling human services system, a court network beset by legislative meddling, and the 29-campus higher education system...

“Romney's efforts ultimately forced out [University of Massachusetts] President William M. Bulger, the former state Senate president... Bulger enjoyed support among Democrats on Beacon Hill but little with the general public, weakened as he was by embarrassing disclosures about his contact with his brother, fugitive mobster James ''Whitey'' Bulger, who was accused of 19 murders... It was a triumph for Romney and his outsider politics...

“Romney's obsession with maintaining a pure image annoyed many Beacon Hill regulars [State Legislatures], but it produced an administration that was virtually scandal free and restrained in the exercise of patronage.”

For more on the Romney/Bulger battle, click here: "Bulger's Last Stand"



“Mitt Romney launched a blistering attack Wednesday on President Barack Obama and teachers unions, saying they're blocking crucial revisions to education and are hurting children, particularly young Latinos and other minorities.

“ "This is the civil rights issue of our time," Romney said. "President Obama has been unable to stand up to union bosses and unwilling to stand up for kids."

“The Republican presidential candidate said he aimed to answer a "crisis" in U.S. education, one in which American schoolchildren rank 14th of 34 developed nations in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.

“ "It's the great challenge of our time," he told a Washington meeting of the Latino Coalition, a small-business group.

“He proposed a series of changes, including greater choice in public education, more charter schools and digital learning, and a one-two punch of less job security for poor teachers and higher pay for better ones.

“His agenda wouldn't increase federal spending for elementary and high school education. Obama proposes to increase federal spending.

“Among Romney's ideas:

“ • Allow low-income and special-needs students to choose any public or charter school or private school where allowed by local law.

“ • Require states to open all their schools to those students to increase choices.

“ • Eliminate limits on charter and digital schools, also to increase choices...

“Romney blamed the teachers unions. "Whenever anyone dares to offer a new idea," he said, "the unions protest the loudest."

“He said the two largest unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, exerted influence by using union dues to funnel $600 million a year to political campaigns. In 2008, he added, the NEA spent more on campaigns than any other group did, and 90 percent of it went to Democrats.

“ "The teachers unions don't fight for our children. That's our job," he said. "And our job keeps getting harder because the unions wield outsized influence in elections and campaigns."  ”


“We have to raise the bar in education. We have got to invest more in technology. We have got to change our immigration laws. We have got to be serious about shrinking the size of government and releasing more entrepreneurial activity.

“We have to -- I go back to one of my favorite cowboy philosophers. Will Rogers said, you know, even if you are on the right track, if you don’t move, you will get run over.”

“Romney also favors a tougher immigration policy, investing in technology, extending health insurance to all Americans, achieving energy independence, and improving education by measuring progress and "making teaching a true profession." ”

“Improving our schools is critical to the future of our country and our economy. Closing the achievement gap in our schools is the civil rights issue of our time.”

(archived page — original link expired)

“I agree that schools should be run at the local and state level and we don't look to the federal government to run our schools or to set the curriculum. At the same time I support No Child Left Behind's provision that we test our kids so we can assess how different schools are doing. We actually began doing that in my state well before my term there as governor... We found that this testing has improved the capabilities of our students and improved our education in our state.

“Now, how the test is administered and what we evaluate is probably something that should be best left up to states, and let states have more authority in this process. But let's make sure we find out which schools are succeeding and which schools are failing so we can correct those that are not making the grade.”


Rick Hess - Policy maven at the American Enterprise Institute

“Yesterday, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney unveiled his education program in a speech at the Latino Coalition's Annual Economic Summit. The plan's themes are good ones: school choice, innovation, transparency, focusing on bang-for-the-buck, and welcoming new quality providers (including for-profit ventures). In a happy development, the plan turns the page on the Bush-era romance with NCLB-style federal overreach (it's no surprise that former Bush Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is no longer listed as a Romney education advisor)...

“Notably, in yesterday's speech, Romney sought to draw a sharp distinction between teacher unions and teachers--attacking the former, embracing the latter...

“Bottom line: this is a plan that has good bones. The pluses are real and substantial. And the concerns are things that can be addressed. It's a promising start.”

Tony Bennett - Indiana superintendent of public instruction

Tony Bennett is also chairman of Chiefs for Change. See the Foundation for Excellence in Education: (excelined.org).

“Every state and every community faces unique challenges to improve education, but the need for comprehensive reform across the nation has never been more apparent...

“Our nation’s schools lead the world in spending yet rank near the bottom on virtually every measure of student achievement...

“Mitt Romney’s comprehensive plan for education, announced Wednesday, has the potential to confront our nation’s challenges and restore access to the American dream...

“Mr. Romney’s plan for education reform ensures a chance for every child from kindergarten through their careers. This plan encourages states to give parents the information and choices they need to enroll their children in high-quality schools... Mr. Romney’s plan stresses diverse and affordable options for students that will give them the skills they need to compete in a global economy. When they graduate, our students must be able to find jobs that provide a rewarding return on their educational investment. Mr. Romney has detailed how he will work with states to achieve these goals, and he is the person who can take the next, crucial step.”

Julio Fuentes - President & CEO, Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options

“Mitt Romney’s plan for education is exactly what this country needs to close the achievement gap between students nationwide. To give students of all backgrounds access to a great education, we must increase school choice, improve standards and accountability, and reward the best teachers. Rather than catering to special interests, Mitt Romney has demonstrated he will pursue bold education reform that gives all students the opportunity to succeed.”

Senator Bill Brock

Fmr. Sen. Bill Brock

" “My life passion is education reform, and Gov. Romney led his state to be the best in the nation in educating their children.”

"Mr. Brock also said Mr. Romney is “conservative on the things that really matter ... and I pray Tennessee and the nation will give him their support next Tuesday.”

"Mr. Romney called the endorsement by Mr. Brock, a former congressman, an honor.

" “He led our party during a critical time in our nation’s history and helped secure Ronald Reagan’s election,” Mr. Romney said of Mr. Brock, a one-time chairman of the Republican National Committee. “He knows firsthand that our party’s nominee must be a candidate who unites our conservative base like Ronald Reagan did not so long ago.” "

Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett - Fmr. Secretary of Education

Bill Bennett talking of poll numbers in 2007 favoring Mitt Romney:

"It is terrific. And we're not cynical about it... We just think it's great."

Bill Bennett interviewing Mitt Romney:

Bennett: We're looking for a president-- We're more interested in intelligence than money, and you qualify in both points, but it's the intelligence we like sir.

Bill Bennett: "I think that Romney stood out tonight. I think he was loud and clear. Conservative. He was 'all-in' as you'd say in Texas Hold 'em... I thought he came across very strong. I think you guys are absolutely right. That opening debate between Romney and Giuliani was, I think, the pivotal point of the evening. And I think points to Romney." (CNN's Post-Debate Coverage, 11/28/07)

Bill Bennett donated the maximum contribution to Governor Romney's presidential campaign, which was the only candidate Mr. Bennett supported in 2008.

"William J. Bennett is one of America's most important, influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and education issues. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bill Bennett studied philosophy at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Texas (Ph.D.) and earned a law degree from Harvard. He is the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute, & a CNN Contributor... He served as President Reagan's chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1981-1985) and Secretary of Education (1985-1988)."

    Rep. Ralph Regula

    Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH)

    “Regula said yesterday that his support for Romney is based on the former governor's record of accomplishments, including his performance leading up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics in the wake of Sept. 11 and the ethics scandal that enveloped many international Olympics officials.

    “Romney "has a proven record of effective management and strong leadership, which I believe are essential qualities of a good president," Regula said through his press secretary.”

    “On November 5, 2002, the people of Ohio's 16th Congressional District elected him to his sixteenth term. With the beginning of the 108th Congress, the House leadership again asked him to chair the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee as well as serving as the Vice Chairman of the full committee. He will also remain active with older American and steel issues. As Subcommittee Chairman, Regula oversees the largest non-defense spending bill, providing federal funding for education, health and labor programs...

    “Regula returns home to his farm in Ohio every weekend. He and his wife Mary have celebrated more than 50 years together there. They have three children and three grandchildren all of whom live near them.”

    Ken Wingate

    " “Mitt Romney is a successful businessman who knows how to turn things around,” said Wingate. “To cut through the red tape of bureaucracy in government and get results, we desperately need a strong man of conviction from outside of Washington, someone who has real world business experience and that man is Mitt Romney.”

    "Wingate is well known with social conservatives for his leadership on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. While serving on the Commission, he has championed efforts to bring back a sense of decency to college curriculum. In the past, he has been actively involved leading anti gambling organizations working successfully to ban video poker in South Carolina.

    "Ken Wingate Is The Former Interim State Treasurer For The State Of South Carolina... Wingate served as Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance for Governor Mark Sanford in 2003, and currently serves on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education."

    State Sen. Kevin Coughlin (R-OH)

    “ "Our nation needs a leader like Governor Romney, a candidate with a proven record of accomplishment and success at governing using conservative principles. I am confident he can build a stronger America by reforming health care, improving education, restoring fiscal responsibility, and keeping our nation's military strong. I look forward to joining Governor Romney as he discusses his ideas to bring change to Washington with Ohians," said State Senator Coughlin...

    “A Fourth Generation Resident Of Cuyahoga Falls, Kevin Coughlin Has Served In The Ohio Senate Since 2001. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Coughlin was elected to three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1997-2001... In 2005, Senator Coughlin was called "one of the nation's most promising leaders in state government" by the Council of State Governments as he was selected for its Toll Fellowship leadership program.”

    Romney & Bush before flag
    Romney & Bush before flag


    President George W. Bush

    “I strongly stand with Mitt Romney... what I like best about him is, they understand - Mitt and Kerry (Lt. Gov Kerry Healy) understand - the number one priority of any State is the education of the children of the State. See, I used to say - I used to put it this way: Education is to a State what national defense is to the Federal Government. It's the most important priority. And this team has got education as a priority.”

Nearly 2 Dozen Education Leaders rally behind Romney

“Peterson and Rees said, "We are proud to join Governor Romney's campaign to build a stronger America that prepares future generations for the new challenges they will face. As Governor, Mitt Romney stood with educators and he will do the same as President. We look forward to helping him craft a strong agenda to improve our nation's schools." ”

Paul E. Peterson:  Dr. Peterson directs the Harvard University Program on Education Policy and Governance, and is Harvard's Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government.  He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and serves as a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.

Nina Rees:  Rees has served as Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, as a domestic policy adviser to Vice President Cheney and Senior Education Analyst at the Heritage Foundation. She currently works for an education investment company.

Congressional Co-Chair Senator Wayne Allard:  Senator Allard is serving his eleventh year in the United States Senate.  He serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee where he has been involved in the debate surrounding reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.  He is currently the Chairman of the Senate Space Caucus.  He formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Colorado State Senate and is a trained veterinarian.

Congressional Co-Chair Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon:  Elected to represent the 25th Congressional District of California in 1992, McKeon has earned a reputation as a leader in Congress on education issues.  In 2006, McKeon served as Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee and currently serves as the Senior Republican member on the House Education and Labor Committee.   McKeon also headed the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness with jurisdiction over higher education, technology in education, teacher training, job training and welfare reform.  McKeon led the effort on lowering college costs and improving accessibility for all students.  Before coming to Congress, McKeon served on the William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees.

Congressional Co-Chair Representative Tom Petri:  First elected to the U.S. House in 1979 representing Wisconsin's Sixth Congressional District, Petri is the Ranking Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee.  He served 12 years as Chairman of the Committee's Highways, Transit and Pipelines Subcommittee.  Petri is a senior Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, where he formerly served as Vice Chairman.

H. Kent Bowen:  H. Kent Bowen has served the past 15 years as the Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School where he teaches technology and operations.  Previously he was the Ford Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 22 years.  He serves as a director and adviser to several companies.

Mary Laura Bragg:  Bragg served as Director of Just Read, Florida! – Governor Jeb Bush's statewide reading initiative from its inception in 2001 through 2006.  She has served on advisory groups on adolescent literacy for both the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Governors Association.  She is also a member of Carnegie Corporation of New York's Advisory Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy.  Previously, she served as the Director of the Division of Public Schools for the Florida Department of Education.

John E. Chubb:  Chubb is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.  He is a founding partner, executive vice president and chief education officer of Edison Schools.  Since 1984, Chubb has been a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution where he authored numerous studies on school choice and student achievement.

Robert M. Costrell:  Costrell is Professor of Education Reform and Economics and holds the Endowed Chair in Education Accountability at the University of Arkansas.  From 1978 to 2006, he was a member of the economics department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He also served as Education Adviser to Governor Romney helping to develop the Governor's comprehensive education reform proposal in 2005.

Christina Culver:  Culver is a Vice President at Dutko Worldwide.  Prior to joining Dutko, she was at the U.S. Department of Education serving as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs.  She also served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for Children First America.  Culver worked at the White House in the first Bush Administration and the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Lamar Alexander.

Wade Dyke:  Dyke has worked for several education related start up businesses, including Chancellor Beacon Academies.  From 1989 to 1995, he served in several public policy roles, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander, Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary David Kearns and as Director of the Governor's Workforce Office in Wisconsin under Governor Tommy G. Thompson.  He serves as a director of the Charter School Development Corporation, Chairman of the St. Philips Foundation and trustee of the St. Philip's Episcopal Day School in Coral Gables, Florida.

Scott Fleming:  Fleming served as Senior Education Policy Adviser to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.  He has worked on some of the most significant federal education programs including the Higher Education Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Education Act, and the Adult Literacy and Basic Education Act.

James W. Guthrie:  Guthrie is a Professor of Public Policy and Education, Chair of the Leadership, Policy and Organizations department, and Director of the Peabody Center for Education Policy at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.  He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Management Analysis & Planning, Inc.  Guthrie previously was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, for 27 years.

William D. Hansen:   From 2001 to 2003, Hansen served as Deputy Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.  From 1993 to 2001, Hansen served as the President of the Education Finance Council, which works to expand postsecondary educational opportunities for students.  He has also served on several state and national boards and commissions on reforming elementary and secondary schools and increasing access to higher education. In addition, he is on the board of several non-profit organizations such as The Education Financing Foundation of California, the National Student Clearinghouse, Reading is Fundamental, the National Guard Youth Foundation, and ThanksUSA.

Eugene W. Hickok:  Hickok served as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education under Governor Tom Ridge.  He pursued an aggressive reform agenda that supported charter school, high standards and more technology in the classroom.  In 2001, President Bush appointed him Under Secretary of Education at the United States Department of Education.  He became Deputy Secretary of Education in 2004.

M. Rene Islas:  Islas served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Education where he managed overall operations, policy development and administration of programs within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.  He also advised the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanic Americans.  He currently leads the education practice group for B&D Consulting.

Craig Pattee:  Pattee is the President of Dutko Worldwide.  In the administration of President George H.W. Bush, he served three years at the U.S. Department of Education working as senior staff to Deputy Secretary David Kearns and helping develop and implement Secretary Lamar Alexander's "America 2000" education strategy.  Pattee remains heavily involved in education reform.

Lovett C. Peters:  Peters is the Founding Chairman of the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank.  He began Pioneer in 1988.  Before founding the Institute, he had a long, successful business career.  Along with his wife, he is a recipient of the Champions of Freedom Award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

James A. Peyser:  Peyser has been a partner with NewSchools Venture Fund since 2003.  From 1999 to 2006, he served as chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Education.  Prior to joining NewSchools, Peyser was an education adviser to Governor Romney.  From 2001 to 2004, he served as the first Chairman of Massachusetts' Educational Management Audit Council.  Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute.  Under Governor Bill Weld, he was an Under Secretary of Education and Special Assistant.  He is a member of the board of five charter management organizations and he serves on the board of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

D'Arcy George Philps:  Philps is a Vice President at Van Scoyoc Associates.  Prior to joining the company in 2001, Philps served as a professional staff member for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  Serving with the committee for eight years, Philps was actively involved in developing key pieces of education legislation.

Herbert J. Walberg:  Walberg is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.  In 2004, he was confirmed as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences.  Walberg also chairs the board of directors of the Heartland Institute.  He was an adviser to former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett.

John Winn:  Winn has a distinguished career in education policy.  An educator for 35 years, he began his career as an elementary and middle school teacher.  He joined the Florida Department of Education in 1984 and served as a Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff before being appointed Governor Jeb Bush's Commissioner of Education in August 2004.  He retired in February 2007 and joined the National Mathematics and Science Initiative in March 2007.

More Education Leaders & Supporters Endorse Gov. Romney:

• Alabama State Board of Education Member David Byers (GWU.edu)

• Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey.  When she was running stated:

“Mitt Romney was a leader in improving education as governor, and I will be, too.”

• Sue Hull - former Member of the Alaska State Board of Education
   Board Member, Association of Alaska School Boards (AllAmericanPatriots.com)

• Fmr. California Secretary of Education Marian Bergeson (GWU.edu)

• Fmr. Colorado Rep. Bob Beauprez. He and his wife said:

“Mitt Romney believes strongly in the core principles of free enterprise, fair and free trade, accountability in education, personal responsibility, tolerance, strong families, and a national defense second to none. More than that, however, we are amazed at what he accomplished during his term as Governor of Massachusetts - strengthening education, laying the foundation for private, market-based health insurance for all, and cutting the size and cost of government.

• Fmr. Florida State Representative Dudley Goodlette, served in the House from 1998-2006, and was responsible for important education initiatives.

• Fmr. Florida Senate Majority Leader Van Poole.  He was appointed by President Reagan to the National Advisory Council on Educational Research. (GWU.edu)

• Fmr. Florida Speaker of the House Allan Bense.  He was a proponent of continued education reform, including school choice and serves on the Florida State University Board of Trustees. (myclob.pbworks.com - Florida, Ricksblog.biz)

• Jose Perez - Member of the Georgia State Board of Education (GWU.edu)

• Dr. Richard S. Voss, Business Professor - Columbus, Georgia. He stated:

“Let’s get this point straight: If we can manage the economy, we can solve other problems, like pursuing school improvement to boost Georgia’s competitiveness, ...

“Romney’s education is unprecedented, stronger in breadth than any candidate we’ve ever seen (business + law), and so is his experience (business genius + successful governor of a large economy)...

“In the past, we’ve usually found a candidate for the White House who has had great ideas, great principles, great experience, or great education. But when have we seen "all of the above"? Remember this...”

• U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY).  He stated:

“We need a president who continues the great conservative traditions in this era of brutal global competitiveness - focusing on top priorities of growing the economy, expanding health insurance and improving education.

“He [Gov. Mitt Romney] is the right man for the job - a President who will make America stronger on all fronts.”

• U.S. Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI).  He stated:

“ With Governor Romney in the White House, we will have the strongest possible leader to enhance America's competitiveness through science, technology, engineering and education.”

• Montana Rep. Elsie Arntzen, a teacher and potential candidate for superintendent of public instruction, said she asked Romney afterward where he stood on education issues... "He was impressive," she said.

• Ambassador Thomas P. Melady, fmr. consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Education, and appointed by Pres. Reagan as Assistant Secretary for Post-secondary Education (Amb. Melady)


Grand Rapids Press
Grand Rapids Press —
Press editorial board endorses Romney

"Mr. Romney... He supports merit pay for teachers and more educational choices for parents and children, ideas that deserve furtherance in Washington. The next president will need to transcend the stunting polarities that bedevil Washington. As the Republican leader of a Democratic state, Mr. Romney had to reach across partisan boundaries."

"Two large Michigan newspapers endorsed native son Mitt Romney today as the Republican Party's nominee for president of the United States.

"Both The Grand Rapids Press and The Oakland Press of Pontiac put their support behind Romney, a former Massachusetts governor with ties to Michigan."

Elko Daily Free Press
Elko Daily Free Press —
Free Press endorses Romney, Obama

"On the Republican side, we support Romney because of his strong executive background and his ability to achieve results in a state that is dominated by members of the opposite party.

"His “strategy for a stronger America” promises to lower taxes while improving education and making our nation more competitive in the global marketplace. He also understands the threat America faces from jihadists in the Middle East, and proposes a “Marshall Plan” to unify moderate Muslims against terrorism at its source."

The Daily Nonpareil
The Daily Nonpareil — Sunday's Our View: Nonpareil endorses Romney

"While all experiences point to what we feel would be a successful term in the White House, Romney's four years as governor of Massachusetts, a solidly Democratic state, underscore his potential for leading this nation. Those four years demonstrate his understanding of economic principles, the intricacies of reform and, most of all, his understanding of the need to work with those on the other side of the political aisle.

"Both the economy and the budget in Massachusetts were in better shape at the end of Romney's term than at the beginning, and the state had made significant strides in the areas of education and health care...

"Republicans need to think not only about a candidate who can win but also about a candidate who has the ability – the track record – to actually run the country if they win.

"That person is, in our opinion, Mitt Romney."

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