Education Roundtable hires former union lobbyist as director

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Dan Clark, the former chief lobbyist for the Indiana State Teachers Association, has been named executive director of the Indiana Education Roundtable.

Clark was named Thursday by Tony Bennett, the superintendent of public instruction, and Teresa Lubbers, the commissioner for higher education.

In the newly created position, Clark will direct efforts to coordinate and align Indiana’s K-12 and postsecondary educational systems, as well as work force agencies like the Department of Workforce Development.

“We need our education system to keep pace with our rapidly changing economy,” Lubbers said in a statement. “This alignment will help us identify ways to better focus our efforts on preparing all students for successful careers and college.”

The Education Roundtable was established in 1999 to ensure the state has high academic standards. It is co-chaired by Benett and Gov. Mitch Daniels. Its 32 members include business, community, education and legislative leaders.

The Roundtable plans to start a new initiative, called Partnership for Indiana’s Future, that would construct a network of education, civic and business organizations throughout the state to build support for change in K-16 education.

Clark comes to his new position after leading policy advocacy for the state’s largest teachers union. He has previously worked as a middle school teacher in Lafayette and a Congressional district staff director. He holds a doctorate in American economic history from Purdue University.

“Education must change so all students acquire the skills and knowledge to compete in the global economy,” Clark said in a statement. “This transformation is essential for our children to succeed as well as for our state’s economic health.”


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............