Parents for Public Schools Announces Four New National Advisory Board Members

Parents for Public Schools is pleased to announce four new members of the PPS National Advisory Board, a group made up of individuals across the nation who have been exemplary in their support of public education. The PPS National Advisory Board helps the work of PPS by providing advice and helping the organization make connections and gain support.

PPS welcomes the following new members: Dr. Anne Bryant, The Honorable Bill Ratliff, Mr. John Dornan, and The Honorable Bob Wise.

Dr. Anne Bryant served as the executive director of the National School Boards Association from 1996 to 2012. Under her leadership, NSBA launched the first “Key Work of School Boards” in 1999 and a revised edition in 2009. In 2006, NSBA’s Center for Public Education became the go-to source for legal information on education. Prior to her position at NSBA, she served as executive director of the American Association of University Women. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, a B.A. from Simmons College, has two honorary doctoral degrees and has received numerous awards for leadership in education.

The Honorable Bill Ratliff served in the Texas Senate from 1989 to 2003. He was elected Lieutenant Governor by fellow members of the Texas Senate, marking the first time in Texas history that the Senate selected one of its members to serve as Lt. Governor and President of the Senate. He chaired the Senate Education Committee from 1992-96 and chaired the Senate Finance Committee from 1997-2000.  He was known for supporting an equitable education funding stream. He received a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2005. Lt. Governor Ratliff was educated at Sonora High School in West Texas and then at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied civil engineering.

John N. Dornan was the founding executive director of the North Carolina Public School Forum and served from 1986 to 2011. His career has been divided between working for membership-based organizations and heading up a non-profit organization. During his time with the Public School Forum, he generated over $55 million to support the organization and helped frame legislation that resulted in over $2 billion of state support to low-wealth and small school systems. He has also worked in political campaigns and as a lobbyist. After retirement from the Public School Forum, he continues to work for the causes he believes in. He is a recipient of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s National Leadership Award.

The Honorable Bob Wise served as the governor of West Virginia, winning the office in 2000. In addition he served as a member of the US. House of Representatives and as a state legislator.  He currently serves as president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a non-profit organization that has become a national leader for reforming the nation’s high schools. The Alliance has become a respected advocate for the Common Core State Standards, deeper learning, digital learning, adolescent literacy, and other key issues. Gov. Wise earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a juris doctorate degree from Tulane University School of Law.

Parents for Public Schools welcomes these four distinguished individuals to the PPS National Advisory Board, as we thank them for their contributions to public schools and for their support of PPS’s work.