State Snapshot

idaho
Governor

C.L. “Butch” Otter (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 6 – late March

Chief Selection

Elected to four-year term. Serves on State Board of Education, Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners and Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind.

State Board of Education

8 board members appointed by the Governor.

 

Students
285,000
Schools
763 (including charter schools)
Districts
115
delaware
Governor

Jack Markell (D)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 14-June 30

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate

State Board of Education

7 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate

 

Students
131,514
Schools
218
Districts
19
members-emeritus
Students
Schools
Districts
tennessee
Governor

Bill Haslam (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 14 – mid April

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

State Board of Education

10 members appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the General Assembly

Students
934,246
Schools
1,764
Districts
137
new-mexico
Governor

Susana Martinez (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 21 – Feb. 20

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

Students
330,000
Schools
831
Districts
89
rhode-island
Governor

Lincoln D. Chafee (D)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 7 – early June

Chief Selection

Appointed by the State Board of Education

State Board of Education

11 members appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the Senate

Students
142,481
Schools
304
Districts
36
oklahoma
Governor

Mary Fallin (R)

2013 Legislative Session

Feb. 4 – May 30

Chief Selection

Elected Statewide

State Board of Education

7 members appointed by the Governor

Students
645,000
Schools
1,769
Districts
521
new-jersey
Governor

Chris Christie (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Started Jan. 14, meets throughout the year

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

State Board of Education

13 members appointed by the Governor

Students
1,381,000
Schools
2,615
Districts
654
maine
Governor

Paul LePage (R)

2013 Legislative Session

Dec. 5, 2012 – June 19, 2013

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

State Board of Education

10 members appointed by the Governor

Students
187,000
Schools
623
Districts
164
louisiana
Governor

Bobby Jindal (R)

2014 Legislative Session

March 10 – June 2

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

State Board of Education

8 elected members and 3 at-large members appointed by Governor

 

Students
703,000
Schools
1,428 (Includes Alternative Schools)
Districts
70 (68 Local Districts, Special School District, and Recovery School District)

Chris Cerf

Former New Jersey Commissioner of Education & Member Emeritus

A Message from The Chief

Too often in education reform, we focus on adult interests at the expense of children’s interests.  I am proud to be a member of Chiefs for Change, an organization that has defined itself by putting the interests of children first and by focusing the conversation on the policies and practices that will best support our students.  While we have made great strides in New Jersey, there is still more work to be done to ensure that all students, regardless of birth circumstance, graduate from high school truly ready for college and career.

State Snapshot

idaho
Governor

C.L. “Butch” Otter (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 6 – late March

Chief Selection

Elected to four-year term. Serves on State Board of Education, Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners and Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind.

State Board of Education

8 board members appointed by the Governor.

 

Students
285,000
Schools
763 (including charter schools)
Districts
115
delaware
Governor

Jack Markell (D)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 14-June 30

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate

State Board of Education

7 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate

 

Students
131,514
Schools
218
Districts
19
members-emeritus
Students
Schools
Districts
tennessee
Governor

Bill Haslam (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 14 – mid April

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

State Board of Education

10 members appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the General Assembly

Students
934,246
Schools
1,764
Districts
137
new-mexico
Governor

Susana Martinez (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 21 – Feb. 20

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

Students
330,000
Schools
831
Districts
89
rhode-island
Governor

Lincoln D. Chafee (D)

2014 Legislative Session

Jan. 7 – early June

Chief Selection

Appointed by the State Board of Education

State Board of Education

11 members appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the Senate

Students
142,481
Schools
304
Districts
36
oklahoma
Governor

Mary Fallin (R)

2013 Legislative Session

Feb. 4 – May 30

Chief Selection

Elected Statewide

State Board of Education

7 members appointed by the Governor

Students
645,000
Schools
1,769
Districts
521
new-jersey
Governor

Chris Christie (R)

2014 Legislative Session

Started Jan. 14, meets throughout the year

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

State Board of Education

13 members appointed by the Governor

Students
1,381,000
Schools
2,615
Districts
654
maine
Governor

Paul LePage (R)

2013 Legislative Session

Dec. 5, 2012 – June 19, 2013

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Governor

State Board of Education

10 members appointed by the Governor

Students
187,000
Schools
623
Districts
164
louisiana
Governor

Bobby Jindal (R)

2014 Legislative Session

March 10 – June 2

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

State Board of Education

8 elected members and 3 at-large members appointed by Governor

 

Students
703,000
Schools
1,428 (Includes Alternative Schools)
Districts
70 (68 Local Districts, Special School District, and Recovery School District)

Chris Cerf

Former New Jersey Commissioner of Education & Member Emeritus

Chris Cerf served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education from January 2011 through March 5, 2014. While in office, he represented only one constituency – New Jersey’s students. With a commitment to closing New Jersey’s academic achievement gap while substantially raising the achievement level of all students, he served 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students and 110,000 teachers in more than 600 school districts.

Previously, Commissioner Cerf served as the CEO of Sangari Global Education, Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Associate Counsel to President Clinton, and as a partner in two Washington, D.C., law firms. Prior to attending law school, he spent four years as a high school history teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.