Secretary of Education Paige
brings reform goals to campus
Secretary of Education Rod Paige will discuss current challenges
in elementary and secondary education at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March
12 at California State University, Sacramento’s Steven Yamshon
Paige is a champion of education reform in the United States and
is sure to discuss the Bush administration’s No Child Left
The Act, signed into law last year, makes big changes to elementary
and secondary education. It is an effort to change the government’s
role in education by having schools describe their success in terms
of what each student accomplishes.
Paige, the son of public school educators, has dedicated his career
to public education and helping teachers to excel in their profession.
Before being selected by President George W. Bush as the seventh
Secretary of Education, Paige served in a number of positions with
the Houston Independent School District before being selected superintendent
of schools in 1994.
Among his accomplishments during his tenure in Houston was the launch
of a system of charter schools that were given broad authority in
decisions regarding staffing, textbooks and materials. He also introduced
teacher incentive pay, designed to reward educators for outstanding
performance and creative solutions to educational problems. In 2001,
the American Association of School Administrators named Paige the
National Superintendent of the Year.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wilson Riles Education
Scholarship, established in recognition of Wilson Riles, state superintendent
of public instruction for California from 1971 to 1983. During his
tenure as superintendent Riles established an early-childhood education
program that became a national model.
Tickets for the event are $15 for general admission and $5 for students
and are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 and
For media assistance, contact the CSUS public affairs office at