Governor Romney named his education advisors today.  They include the following:

Nina S. Rees, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Knowledge Universe

Dr. Martin R. West, Assistant, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Executive Editor, Education Next

Phil Handy, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries

Bill Hansen, Chairman & CEO of Madison Education Group

Dr. Carol D’Amico, Vice President of Project Lead the Way

Emily Stover DeRocco, President of the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturing Institute

Dr. Rod Paige, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University

John Bailey, Currently works with education entrepreneurs, philanthropies, and private sector investors.

Dr. Robert M. Costrell, Professor of Education Reform and Economics, Endowed Chair in Education Accountability, University of Arkansas

Christina Culver, President of CH Global Strategies

Dr. John E. Chubb, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Education Sector; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution.

Dr. Bill Evers, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Scott Fleming, President and Vice Chairman of Madison Education Group

Julio A. Fuentes, President & CEO of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO)

Tom Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction and President of Council of Chief State School Officers

Dr. Paul E. Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Editor-in-Chief, Education Next

Jim Peyser, Managing Partner with New Schools Venture Fund and Chairman of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Dr. Herbert Walberg, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution.

Dr. Grover (Russ) Whitehurst, Senior Fellow and Director of the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy

This is a school reform “dream team.”  Governor Romney’s Education Policy Advisory Group includes some of the nation’s most respected education researchers, advocates, and innovators.

If this group of education advisors is any indication, parental choice will be one of Governor Romney’s top campaign messages.  That would be very good news for the many North Carolina parents who are denied the opportunity to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children.  Overall, champions of school choice should be very pleased with the group of education advisors assembled by the Romney campaign.