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Andrew J. Rotherham
Co-Director
Education Sector

Andrew Rotherham is co-founder and co-director of Education Sector, an independent national education policy think tank. Rotherham, who Washingtonian Magazine describes as being "at the forefront of U.S. education policy," is also a member of the Virginia Board of Education. In addition, Rotherham writes the widely read and award winning blog Eduwonk.com, which an Education Week study found to be among the most influential sources of information sources in American education today.

In 1998, Rotherham launched the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools
Project, which he directed until 2005. Under his leadership, the project became a leading Washington D.C.-based education policy center. It developed public policy strategies to eliminate systemic inequities in American education and to redesign American public education into a system based on universal access to high-quality
instruction, public sector choice and customization, common academic standards, and accountability for results. The project's ideas have been implemented in national and state education policy. Washington Post columnist David Broder cited one of the project's major proposals as "the clearest evidence of change" in the national education policy debate.

Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration. He managed education policy activities at the White House and advised President Clinton on a wide range of education issues including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, charter schools and public school choice, and increasing accountability in federal policy. Rotherham also led the White House Domestic Policy Council education team, the youngest person to have done so.

Governor Mark Warner appointed Rotherham to the nine-member Virginia Board of Education in 2005. He was the youngest appointee in the modern era. In addition, Rotherham is a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Teacher Quality, Indianapolis Mind Trust, and Democrats for Education Reform. He is also a trustee of the César Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy in Washington, D.C., and serves on advisory boards and committees for numerous organizations and institutions including The Broad Foundation, Harvard University, the National Governors Association, the National Charter School Research Project, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, New Visions, and the Campaign for a U.S. Public Service Academy.  In addition, Rotherham is a member of the 2008 Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellows class.

Rotherham has published more than 100 articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics. Doublethink calls him "the go-to guy for those looking for serious, cogent, analysis of the latest education trends" and American School Board Journal says Rotherham is "one of Washington's leading commentators on education policy." He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio, and has written for a wide-range of
publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles TimesUSA Today, Education Week, The Washington Monthly, The Times of London, as well as academic and trade publications. In addition, Rotherham has
co-edited three influential books on education policy, most recently Collective Bargaining in Education: Negotiating Change in Today's Schools with Jane Hannaway (Harvard Education Press, 2006), which drew praise from figures as diverse as Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and former California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin who said the book "set the stage for a vigorous debate that is long overdue."

Rotherham, recently recognized as one of the "40 People Under 40 to Watch" by Washingtonian Magazine, was born and raised in Virginia and educated in Virginia's public schools and universities. He holds degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia and is completing a doctorate in political science from the University of Virginia. Rotherham lives in Earlysville, Va., with his wife, Julie, who is taking a break from her work in international and domestic education to focus on their two young daughters.


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