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Alliance for Excellent Education
Governor Bob Wise became president of the Alliance for Excellent Education in February 2005. Under his leadership, the Alliance has continued to build its reputation as a respected authority on high school policy and to advocate for reform in America’s secondary education system, working to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for success. He has advised the U.S. Department of Education, and serves on advisory committees for the Campaign for Educational Equity and Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), among others.
As governor of West Virginia from 2001-2005, he fought for and signed legislation to fund the PROMISE Scholarship Program, which has helped thousands of West Virginia students remain in the Mountain State for college. Governor Wise also established a character education curriculum in all state schools and created the Governor''''s Helpline for Safer Schools. During his administration, West Virginia saw a significant increase in the number of students completing high school and entering college.
In 2001, Governor Wise proposed salary bonuses for teachers who achieve National Board Certification, which helped triple the rate of certified teachers in the state. And Education Week''''s 2004 Quality Counts report gave West Virginia its highest cumulative grade of all fifty states. As governor, he was the first West Virginian to chair the Southern Governors'''' Association.
From 1983-2001, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of West Virginia, during which he aggressively worked to preserve federal financial aid for students to attend college. For several terms, he was a member of the Democratic Party Leadership team, as a regional whip and as a whip-at-large.
Governor Wise earned a bachelor''''s degree from Duke University in 1970 and a J.D. from Tulane University College of Law in 1975.