Robert Scott will serve on a 10-member task force to develop education recommendations that could be carried out during the first 100 days of Obama's administration. The Council of Chief State School Officers, who met in Texas earlier this month, created the president transition task force and will meet in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The task force, which is not associated with the administration's transition team, hopes to give recommendations to Obama's people on Dec. 15.
"I’m humbled to be included on this task force,” Scott said in a news release. “As a former congressional aide and as a state education chief, I look forward to developing education policy proposals that will strengthen and improve the nation’s public schools. I’m very pleased that Texas has a seat at the table.”
Scott was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in October 2007. He started his career as a legislative director for Democrat Gene Green, first when Green was a state senator and in Austin and then in D.C. when Green was elected to Congress.
The CCSSO task force plans to submit their ideas to Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor and Obama advisor. (Click here to read more about talk that she could be the next secretary of education.) Other task force members are the education leaders of California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Alabama, Illinois, Main, Rhode Island and Virginia.