Report: Former Bush ’41, ’43 Adviser Top Choice for Betsy DeVos’ Deputy

A former economic advisor to both the George H.W. and George W. Bush administrations is reportedly a top candidate for the post of deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, reports Education Week.

Allan B. Hubbard, director of the National Economic Council under President George W. Bush and executive director of the President’s Council on Competitiveness and deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, is reportedly a top contender to serve as Betsy DeVos’ #1 deputy, if she is confirmed.

According to Education Week:

On the surface at least, Hubbard seems to have a lot in common with his would-be boss, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the agency.

Like DeVos, Hubbard is a school choice supporter…And like DeVos, his background is in business. He co-founded and now serves as the chairman of E & A Industries, which has invested in companies that make everything from gluten-free foods to “body-slimming” fashion, according to its website. Also like DeVos: He’s a former state party chair (in Indiana, as opposed to Michigan). And like DeVos, he is a wealthy GOP donor. In fact, he was the 12th richest person in the executive branch in 2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Hubbard is a past chairman and director of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce and Trustee Emeritus of the Hudson Institute.

He also serves on the board of the Indiana-based Lumina Foundation, a pro-Common Core organization that is wed to workforce development, i.e., the use of student and worker data to enhance the goals of private industry and business in the United States.

Lumina has funded grants to various groups for the sole purpose of promoting the Common Core standards, including:

$200,000 October, 2012-September, 2013 Council of Chief State School Officers [one of the creators of the Common Core standards]

Purpose: “To support an inquiry by McKinsey & Company concerning the sustainability and operations of the two Common Core State Standards/Assessment (CCSS/A) consortia post 2014.”

$900,000 July, 2012-June, 2015 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices [one of the creators of the Common Core standards]

Purpose: “To improve higher education productivity, integrate education and workforce data and policies, streamline higher education transitions by implementing Common Core State Standards, and support the Foundation’s work with governors.”

$75,000 November, 2014-October, 2015 National Public Education Support Fund

Purpose: “To fund continued operations of and Lumina’s membership to the Education Funder Strategy Group and the Common Core Funders Working Group.”

$75,000 November, 2013-October, 2014 National Public Education Support Fund

Purpose: “To fund continued operations of the Education Funder Strategy Group and the Common Core Funders Working Group.”

$500,000 September, 2013-September 2015 Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers, Inc.

Purpose: “To support grantmaking and technical assistance for the new Common Core Assessment Project. The Network will be comprised of state-based advocacy groups and other organizations who will work to influence and support policy makers in their implementation of assessments that measure Common Core standards in 5-12 states.”

On its website, Lumina also links to a paper by the John Podesta-founded Center for American Progress, titled, “Math Matters: How the Common Core Will Help the United States Bring Up Its Grade on Mathematics Education.”

Last year, Lumina published a white paper titled, “Using Real-Time Labor Market Information to Achieve Better Labor Market Outcomes.”


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