Herbert J. Walberg, chairman of The Heartland Institute, the publisher of School Reform News, has been nominated by President George W. Bush to a three-year term on the National Board for Education Sciences.
The board, established by the Education Sciences Reform Act in 2002, is charged with overseeing the work of the Institute of Education Sciences, which was established to develop and coordinate high-quality research, gather statistics, evaluate programs, and disseminate information.
Walberg was research professor of psychology and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also has held research posts at Educational Testing Service and the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Harvard University. He served as an advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett and is frequently called to testify in federal courts on educational matters.
The author of numerous articles in scholarly journals, Walberg also has written or edited more than 30 books. His latest book, coauthored with Heartland President Joseph L. Bast, is Education and Capitalism.
Also nominated to the National Board were Eric A. Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and Caroline Hoxby, professor of economics at Harvard University and director of the Economics in Education program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. All three nominees are members of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.
Other nominees include mathematics researcher R. James Milgram and reading researchers Sally E. Shaywitz and Joseph K. Torgesen. The nominations were announced by the White House on November 19.