Gov.-elect Youngkin names school data consultant as Virginia education secretary – The Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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RICHMOND — Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) has named Aimee Rogstad Guidera as his choice for Virginia education secretary, the first appointment he has announced for the administration that will take office Jan. 15.

Guidera is a consultant and national expert on the use of data in education policy. She is the head of the Guidera Strategy consulting firm and the former founder and leader of the Data Quality Campaign, a national nonprofit that advocates for using data to shape education.

On its website, the Data Quality Campaign describes its mission as pursuing “a world where data is used to drive systemic change, economic mobility, and student success. To make this a reality, families, educators, communities, and policymakers must have the information they need to foster successful journeys through education and the workforce.”

Youngkin said in a news release that Guidera “will be a critical partner in restoring expectations of excellence; overseeing a record education budget to invest in teachers, facilities and special education; rolling out innovation lab and charter schools; and standing for a curriculum that prepares Virginia’s children for a dynamic future and removes politics from the classroom.”

He praised Guidera for a career spent “

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