It wasn’t so long ago that being known as an “education governor” — that is, a governor who made K-12 school reform a signature priority — was a steppingstone to national recognition and higher office. In the 1980s and 1990s, the most prominent education governors included Bill Clinton in Arkansas, George W. Bush in Texas, Lamar Alexander in Tennessee and Richard Riley in South Carolina. Two of them, you’ll quickly notice, moved up to the White House while the others became secretaries of the U.S. Department of Education. Notably, they were evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.
Kalman Hettleman: Gov. Hogan Missed the Chance to be an ‘Education Governor’
February 11, 2022