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ECS Officers for 2015-17

Brian Sandoval Steve Bullock

Steve Bullock, Montana's former attorney general, was elected Montana's 24th governor on November 6, 2012. Bullock, 48, has made better jobs, better education and a more effective government his top priorities. As a father of three young children, Bullock recognizes that every Montana student should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, and that starts with a quality public education. In his first legislative session, Bullock was able to secure a tuition freeze at Montana colleges and universities, preventing the tax of higher tuition from hitting working Montana families. In addition, Bullock has secured historic levels of funding for the state’s elementary, middle and high schools. But Governor Bullock recognizes that learning doesn’t start when a child enters kindergarten; it starts when they enter the world. That is why he is pushing for Montana to join the 42 other states that have made meaningful investments in early childhood programs. Bullock received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his law degree with honors from Columbia University Law School in New York.

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roy takumi Dolores Gresham

Dolores Gresham was first elected in 2002. She served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for six years until 2008 when she was elected to the State Senate. She is chairman of the Senate Education Committee and serves as a member of the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee as well as the Finance Committee. She is the vice-chair of the Women’s Caucus. Dolores possesses a track record of over 40 years in public and community service. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Master of Arts degree from Loyola of New Orleans and a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She retired from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Gresham was first appointed as an Education Commission of the States Commissioner in 2009. She currently serves as the Steering Committee member for Tennessee and sits on the Nominating Committee.

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Melody Schopp Melody Schopp

Dr. Melody Schopp has worked for the Department of Education for 13 years. She currently serves as the Secretary of Education for South Dakota after being appointed by the Governor in April 2011. Prior to that role, she was in various capacities in the Department to include a division director as well as Deputy Secretary. Twenty three years of classroom experience and nine years on a school board were valuable in preparing to lead education in the State of South Dakota. Under Melody’s leadership, the Department has been deliberate in aligning its work towards the aspiration of all students leaving the K12  system College, Career and Life Ready. This includes the adoption and implementation of Common Core standards, next generation assessment, and a longitudinal data system. She has brought together a statewide constituency to build model teacher and principal evaluation systems. Melody has formed a strong collaboration with higher education to ensure that the transition from high school to post-secondary is as seamless as possible. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She obtained her Ph.D from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in Educational Leadership and Higher Education.

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jeremy anderson Jeremy Anderson

Jeremy Anderson is the President of the Education Commission of the States.  ECS was created by states for states in 1965 to track policy, translate research, provide unbiased advice and create opportunities for state education policymakers to learn from each other.  Jeremy has a strong public service record working with officials in Washington, D.C., with many governors and legislators in states and with education policy organizations around the country. Some of his accomplishments include providing strategic leadership on education policy design and implementation through projects with the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Conference of State Legislators, and many other national policy organizations.  Jeremy has served in multiple policy and governmental affairs roles for Governors on state and national education initiatives and was directly involved in brokering the bipartisan passage of the largest K-12 funding investment in Kansas history to avert a shutdown of Kansas schools. Jeremy currently serves on the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. Jeremy is serving as the eighth president of ECS since its establishment in 1965.

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