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)

Gerard Robinson

Former Florida Commissioner of Education & Member Emeritus

A Message from The Chief

As we move toward a new age of learning, education has become part of the conversation at the state level and across the country. Now, perhaps more than ever, we are talking about the future of education and the world our children will inherit. As our nation continues to deal with a struggling economy, we understand instinctively that education can be the bridge to a healthier future. Chiefs for Change both facilitates important conversations among state education leaders, and, most importantly, it supports action that makes a difference.

 

 

 

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)

Gerard Robinson

Former Florida Commissioner of Education & Member Emeritus

Gerard Robinson served as Florida Commissioner of Education from August 2011 through August 2012.  Previously, he served as the Secretary of Education in Virginia and as president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to actively support parental choice to empower families and increase quality educational options for black children.  A former teacher, Robinson has also served as a senior research associate for the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas and as a senior fellow at the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.  Robinson received an associate’s degree from El Camino Community College, undergraduate degree from Howard University and a master’s degree from Harvard University.  He is married and has three daughters.