For Immediate Release
June 28, 2016
The Texas Charter Schools Association’s Board Chairman, Dr. Rod Paige, was inducted into the 2016 Charter School Hall of Fame by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for his efforts in education and dedication to public charter schools.
Executive Director David Dunn notes, “Generations of underserved children have benefited from Dr. Paige’s work and devotion to education and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than him. On behalf of TCSA and its members, we offer our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Paige for this recognition.”
The National Alliance’s Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their pioneering efforts in the growth of charter schools, their long-term commitment and contributions to charter schools, and their innovative ideas and successful implementation of those ideas.
Dr. Paige has served on TCSA’s board since 2014 and was elected chairman unanimously by his peers in 2015. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005, under President George W. Bush. As the first African-American to serve as the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, Dr. Paige was known for his inclusive leadership and innovative approaches to academic improvement, and was named as the National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators in 1996. Dr. Paige’s relentless quest to improve the quality of education for all students has always motivated his work, and in 2010 he published “The Black-White Achievement Gap: Why Closing it is the Greatest Civil Rights Issue of Our Time.”