Press Release for Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Former Secretary of Education Discusses Policy/Reform

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Rod Paige, former Secretary of Education, will be speaking about “Educational Policies and School Reform” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.

On January 21, 2001, the United States Senate confirmed Paige as the 7th U.S. Secretary of Education, the crowning achievement of a long career in education. He began working with students early in his career as a teacher and a coach. Paige served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University and later became superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the nation's seventh largest school district. He is the first school superintendent ever to serve as Secretary of Education, with his experience in the classroom paying off to pass President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Paige led the charge to implement these historic reforms, which gives local school districts the tools and resources they need to help every child learn. By June 2003, every state had an approved accountability plan in place to ensure that every student was learning. Paige earned a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University as well as a master’s and a doctorate from Indiana University.

This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services. Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Spring 2006 Lectures link.