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07/08/2009

GreatSchools’ Bill Jackson Joins National Journal Education Expert Blog Panel

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GREATSCHOOLS’ BILL JACKSON JOINS NATIONAL JOURNAL
EDUCATION EXPERT BLOG PANEL

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 8, 2009 – GreatSchools, the national education nonprofit that 35 million people turn to annually to find the right schools and support their children’s education, today announced that its founder and CEO, Bill Jackson, is a contributor to the National Journal’s Education Expert Blog.

The blog, available at http://education.nationaljournal.com, features key education policymakers, thought leaders and experts drawn from government, think tanks, advocacy groups and academia. Contributors include Education Secretary Arne Duncan; two of his predecessors, Margaret Spellings and Rod Paige; Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.); and Representative John Kline (R-Minn.). Other participating organizations include the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the United Negro College Fund and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.

“We’re eager to participate in a serious discussion of the most pressing issues in education policy,” says Jackson. “My goal is to reinforce the powerful role parents play in improving education and guiding their kids to success at school.”

The blog will feature a weekly question, usually submitted by the moderator. Education decision-makers and thought leaders will weigh in with their own opinions and respond to one another, leading to compelling debates over key policy questions.

Lisa Caruso, National Journal staff correspondent and moderator of the blog, says, “My goal for the Education Expert Blog is to provide a dynamic online forum for experts of widely differing politics and points of view to engage in a serious debate of the most pressing issues in education policy today. I hope that readers and experts alike are challenged in their thinking and exposed to new ideas that perhaps will even influence the way education policy is made.”

About GreatSchools
GreatSchools is an independent, nonprofit organization that improves education by inspiring parents to be involved.

Parents choose GreatSchools to connect with each other – to find the right schools, share stories and advice, and get their parenting questions answered. Over the past 10 years, GreatSchools has empowered and inspired millions of parents to support their children’s education. In the past year alone, more than 35 million people – approximately one in three K-12 households in the U.S. - visited GreatSchools (www.greatschools.net). With hundreds of thousands of ratings and parent reviews of schools nationwide, GreatSchools is the paramount parent-to-parent education community.

A Webby Award-winning site, GreatSchools is now expanding its reach and impact with the College Bound initiative, a new program that will provide structured online and offline training, mentoring and community resources to unlock the power of parents in guiding their children’s success in school and beyond. GreatSchools is supported by many foundations and corporations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

CONTACT
Karissa Sparks - 415-983-3806
ksparks@greatschools.net

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