President Bush Nominates Members of Hoover's Koret Task Force on K–12 Education to National Board for Education Sciences

Friday, November 21, 2003

Three members of the Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 Education have been nominated by President George W. Bush to the National Board for Education Sciences.

Nominated were Eric A. Hanushek, Caroline Hoxby, and Herbert Walberg.

Hanushek, who was nominated to a two-year term, is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education at Hoover. Hoxby, who was nominated to a four-year term, is a professor of economics at Harvard University and director of the Economics of Education Program for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Walberg, who was nominated to a three-year term, is a professor emeritus in education at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The nominations were announced on November 19 by the White House.

The National Board for Education Sciences, which was established in 2002 under the Education Sciences Reform Act, is charged with overseeing the work of the Institute of Education Sciences.

This act overhauled the Office of Educational Research and Improvement and replaced it with the new Institute of Education Sciences, which is designed to develop and coordinate high- quality research, gather statistics, evaluate programs, and disseminate information.

The Institute of Education Sciences is within the Department of Education but functions as a separate office under the direction of the newly established National Board for Education Sciences. The National Board for Education Sciences is composed of fifteen members appointed by the president.

The Koret Task Force on K–12 Education is the centerpiece of the Hoover Institution's Initiative on American Public Education. Supported by the Koret Foundation, the task force consists of a group of national educational experts with established careers in systematic and scientific analysis of education policy. Task force activities have focused on and produced ideas and materials concerning school reforms that are likely to succeed.

Task force members also serve as editors, contributors, and members of the editorial board of Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research, published by the Hoover Institution.

The full text of the press release on the nominations may be viewed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/11/20031119-3.html