Sandy Kress

Guest Blogger

Attorney and Education Blogger

Dallas, Texas

Sandy Kress has served for almost 25 years at the invitation of Lieutenant Governor Bullock, Governors Bush and Perry, and numerous Commissioners of Education on multiple state panels and committees to build and improve Texas’ nationally recognized education accountability system.

Kress formerly served on the Education Commission of the States and as counsel to the Texas Business Leadership Council. In January 2010, Kress was appointed fellow and director of policy development and outreach at the George W. Bush Institute. Kress was named a senior fellow of the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership in 2009. He served as senior advisor to President George W. Bush on education with respect to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. He also previously served as president of the board of trustees of the Dallas Public Schools.

In 1991, Kress was appointed by Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock to the Educational Economic Policy Center. He was later asked to chair the center’s Accountability Committee. This committee produced the public school accountability system that was later adopted into Texas state law and recognized as one of the most advanced accountability systems in the nation. Lt. Gov. Bullock also appointed Kress to serve in 1994 on the interim committee to study the Texas Education Agency. In December 2007, Kress was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Select Committee on Public School Accountability, which is tasked with thoroughly reviewing the public school accountability system.

In April 2007, Gov. Perry appointed Kress to chair the Commission for a College-Ready Texas. This commission issued recommendations to promote greater college/work readiness among Texas high school graduates.

Kress was also appointed by Gov. Perry, in December 2007, to serve on the Governor’s Competitiveness Council, which was launched to identify obstacles to global competitiveness and to seek recommendations on ways Texas can enhance its economic footing for long-term, sustained success.

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Posted Apr. 7, 2017

When “Accountability” Is No Longer Accountability

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