Rep. Fattah Congratulates William Penn Charter Head of School on U.S. Education Board Appointment

Nov 29, 2012, 14:18 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

Dr. Darryl J. Ford Named to National Board for Education Sciences

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02) today extended warm congratulations to Dr. Darryl J. Ford, Head of School for the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, upon his appointment by President Obama to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

"Dr. Ford is one of Philadelphia's leading educators and richly qualified to serve on this important federal advisory board with other school administrators, researchers and business executives," Fattah said. "The President demonstrates by appointing Dr. Ford that his Administration remains committed to the best scientific research in education to benefit educators nationwide.

"The Board's mission is to sponsor and disseminate the most reliable information about what works in education," Fattah said. "That research helps our schools train the highly educated workforce that will keep our nation number one in the global economy."

Dr. Ford has been Head of School since 2007 and an administrator at William Penn since 1997. He serves as a Board Member of the Friends Council on Education and at Villanova University, where he received undergraduate degrees. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Department of Education.

The 15-member National Board for Education Sciences is the governing body of the Institute of Education Sciences, established by Congress in 2002 as the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. The Institute provides evaluations of federal programs and sponsors research useful to educators and policymakers. Dr. Ford and four other new Obama appointees to the Board are subject to Senate confirmation.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah