For Immediate Release - August 22, 2007

Governor Patrick Appoints Paul Reville Chairman of the State Board of Education

Administration Continues to Build State Education Leadership Team

BOSTON - Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Governor Deval Patrick today appointed widely respected educator and policy activist S. Paul Reville as chairman of the State Board of Education, as he continues to assemble an experienced team of leaders to carry forward his vision for public education in Massachusetts.

"With Paul at the helm of the Board of Education, the Commonwealth gains a leader with a broad perspective on local, national and international education issues and solutions," said Governor Patrick. "He follows a strong and effective advocate in Chris Anderson and will work to further our strategy to provide every child the best chance to compete and win in the global economy."

Reville is a well-known education expert and he was a leader of the Massachusetts education reform effort in 1993. He served as a member of the Board of Education from 1991 to 1996, and he is currently the president of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy in Cambridge. Reville is the Director of the Education Policy and Management Program and a lecturer on educational policy and politics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the co-founder, former executive director and current board member of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education.

"I am honored by the Governor's confidence and eager to move forward in the next phase of education improvement in the Commonwealth," said Reville. "The board must continue to work closely with policy makers, educators and their communities to create and implement strategies for eliminating persistent achievement gaps and improving learning opportunities for every student in Massachusetts."

Governor Patrick outlined his vision for the future of public education in Massachusetts earlier this summer, highlighting the link between education and the economic, social and civic prospects for individuals, communities and the Commonwealth. The Governor has called for unprecedented levels of communication and interaction among all areas of the state's public education system, and he recently announced the members of the Leadership Council of the Readiness Project who will develop a comprehensive 10-year strategic plan to achieve the vision. Last week, the Governor named Fred W. Clark to be the new Chair of the state's Board of Higher Education.

"We are very pleased Governor Patrick has chosen Paul Reville to help lead his vision to move education reform forward in Massachusetts," said Maura Banta, regional manager of corporate community relations at IBM. "A stronger public education system will help ensure a better-skilled workforce across the Commonwealth that can compete in the global economy."

"I'm looking forward to working with Paul as we move forward," stated Rep. Patricia A. Haddad, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. "He has been a long standing and respected member of the educational community."

"I think the world of Paul Reville," said Sen. Robert A. Antonioni (D-Leominster), Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Education. "He is well versed on education issues and has really been one of the leading champions of education reform for many, many years. I look forward to continuing our work together as he brings his significant leadership skills and many talents to the Board."

Reville will preside as Chair at the next Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 28th in Malden. Chris Anderson will remain a member of the Board of Education and continue to work to further Governor Patrick's vision for the future of public education in the Commonwealth.