Andrew R. Smarick, (President) is a Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving K-12 education, particularly for disadvantaged students. Previously, he was an education aide at the White House Domestic Policy Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Earlier in his career, he served as a legislative aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland and members of the Maryland General Assembly. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education.Andy was a member of Governor Robert Ehrlich's Commission on Quality Education. He helped found a college-preparatory charter school and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and was a founding board member of 50CAN. He is a former White House Fellow and Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow. His recent work includes projects on ESEA reauthorization, gifted education, rural schooling, urban systemic reform, urban Catholic schooling, charter schools, private-school choice, standards and assessments, and educator effectiveness.Andy is a product of Maryland's primary and secondary public schools. He earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude and with honors, from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master's degree in public management from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Andy lives in Stevensville, Maryland with his wife and three kids.
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