« Reviewing Hillary Clinton's Role in the Creation of Early Head Start | Main | Donald Trump and School Choice: An Increasing Focus? »

Veteran Hillary Clinton Education Adviser Named to Candidate's Transition Team

Ann O'Leary, who has a long track record of advising Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on K-12, has been named to Clinton's transition team if the former secretary of state wins the November election.

O'Leary's selection to the transition team was reported by The New York Times. The paper reported that O'Leary, who has been Clinton's senior adviser for education on the campaign, would from now on be working "full time" on the transition team. 

We discussed O'Leary's connections with Clinton going back to her days as a senator here, and Fortune did an interesting profile on O'Leary last year.

electionslug_2016_126x126.jpgAs we've pointed out on a few occasions, K-12 policy has been pretty far from the spotlight during the 2016 race. But to the extent Clinton's campaign has addressed it, O'Leary has been front and center. Back in May, she appeared at a forum on education policy in Washington in which she debated K-12 issues with a representative from the campaign of former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. 

"I hope that this time around, we're able to recognize we need to have a full curriculum for all students," O'Leary said when discussing the new federal K-12 law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. "We are all for supporting districts and states figuring out what works for them." 

And at an event connected with the Democratic National Convention last month in Philadelphia, O'Leary talked about Clinton's plans for early childhood education and higher education—but didn't touch too much on K-12

"We really need to make sure that we improve our K-12 programs," O'Leary said at an event hosted by Education Reform Now, an advocacy group. "It is a crime that we are making [students] pay for remedial education when they get to college" because K-12 schools were inadequate.

We'll have to see how O'Leary's move impacts the campaign's approach to discussing education issues from now until November.

Don't miss another Politics K-12 post. Sign up here to get news alerts in your email inbox.

Follow us on Twitter at @PoliticsK12.

Commenting temporarily disabled due to scheduled maintenance. Check back soon.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments

  • YARGI YAYINLARI: I¡¦m now not sure where you are getting your info, read more
  • stop smoking: you have an incredible blog here! would you wish to read more
  • web hosting: Campaign K-12: 'Only Bill Richardson Has a Bold Plan for read more
  • kpss: What is Taking place i am new to this, I read more
  • domy RzeszĂłw: Iˇ¦ve recently started a website, the information you offer on read more