Eight councils are regularly chaired or co-chaired by the governor.
Why does it matter?
Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.
Methodology: ECS performed an initial search of statutes, regulations and executive orders. However, because many P-16 and P-20 councils are established independently of these means, ECS conducted interviews with and had all data verified by at least one contact in the state (typically a P-16 or P-20 council member or staff member supporting the council).
Last update: May 28, 2008
This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Council regularly chaired (or co-chaired) by the governor|
|Arkansas||No. The commission is chaired by a member of the Arkansas State University board of trustees.|
|California||No. The council is chaired by a trustee professor from California State University, Los Angeles.|
|Colorado||No. Two members–the lieutenant governor and the president of Colorado State University at Pueblo–co-chair the council.|
|Connecticut||To be determined|
|Delaware||No. The council is co-chaired by the president of the state board of education and the secretary of education.|
|Georgia||No. The council is chaired by the state superintendent of education.|
|Hawaii||No. Meetings are chaired by an individual chosen from the Leadership Team (comprised of the president of the University of Hawai'i, the state superintendent of education and the executive director of the Good Beginnings Alliance).|
|Illinois||No. While statute states the governor or his designee will chair the council, it had not been determined as of March 2008 whether the governor or his designee would fill this role.|
|Indiana||Yes–the council is co-chaired by the governor and the state superintendent.|
|Kansas||No. The April 2008 executive order specifies that the governor will appoint the chair of the council.|
|Kentucky||No. Chairmanship alternates between the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). In 2008, the council is chaired by a member of the state board of education.|
|Louisiana||Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence: No. The commission is co-chaired by a member of the board of regents and the board of elementary and secondary education (BESE).|
High School Redesign Commission: No. The commission is chaired by the chair of the board of elementary and secondary education (BESE).
|Maine||No. The council is chaired by the commissioner of education.|
|Minnesota||No. The chairmanship rotates every two years among the six executive team member organizations. The president of the University of Minnesota is the 2007-2009 council chair.|
|Mississippi||No. Chairmanship will be determined when the council reconvenes in summer 2008.|
|Missouri||No. The chairmanship rotates among council members; the council may look into a permanent chairmanship in 2008.|
|Montana||No. The council is chaired by the parent representative.|
|Nebraska||No. The council is co-chaired by the president of the University of Nebraska, the CEO of the EducationQuest Foundation and the Commissioner of Education.|
|Nevada||No. Statute directs the council to elect a chair from among the members; governor is not a member of the council.|
|New Hampshire||No. The council is chaired by the executive director of the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission.|
|Ohio||Yes–the governor chairs the council, although the governor's education policy advisor (a non-voting member) presides over the council meetings in place of the governor.|
|Oklahoma||No. The ACE Steering Committee is chaired by the state superintendent of public instruction.|
|Oregon||No. The joint boards working group is co-chaired by the chairs of the state board of education and the state board of higher education.|
PASSHE Regional Councils: No
|South Carolina||No. Council is chaired by a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.|
|South Dakota||No. The council is chaired by a program director from Jobs for the Future.|
|Tennessee||No. The council is chaired by the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.|
|Texas||No. By statute, the council is co-chaired by the commissioner of education and the commissioner of higher education.|
|Utah||No. The council is co-chaired by the chairs of the state board of education and board of regents.|
|Virginia||No. The council is chaired by the secretary of education, although the governor periodically attends meetings to be updated on the council's work.|
|West Virginia||No. The cabinet is co-chaired by the First Lady and a representative from the business community.|
|Wisconsin||No. Chairmanship of the council rotates from meeting to meeting among the heads of the four lead agencies (Department of Public Instruction, University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Wisconsin Technical College System).|
|Wyoming||No. The council is chaired by the associate vice president for academic affairs, University of Wyoming.|
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