The skills of amrican workforce

New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce Names Director of State Implementation as Education Overhaul Initiative Gains Acceptance

May 30th, 2007


May 30, 2007

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Ronn Robinson, Former Policymaker and Corporate Executive, to Serve in Key Role Implementing Goals of ‘Tough Choices or Tough Times’

May 30, 2007, Washington, D.C. – The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce has appointed Ronn Robinson as director of state implementation. Robinson will work with governors, chief state school officers, state legislatures, state teachers unions and other leading business and education organizations at the state level to implement the dramatic changes recommended by the New Commission in its report, Tough Choices or Tough Times.

“Tough Choices or Tough Times has had a strong, positive reception. Policymakers in many states are taking a serious look at the recommendations and deciding if and how they will be utilized. In addition, a significant number of events are scheduled to take place in other states this summer and into the fall,” said Marc Tucker, vice chair of the Skills Commission and President of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), home of the New Commission. “Ronn’s role in helping state leaders think about how the ideas in the report can be implemented most efficiently and appropriately will be crucial to the success of this campaign. His breadth of experience in working with educators, state policymakers and the business community will be a substantial asset to the Commission.”

Robinson joins the Commission from Achieve, Inc., where he served as senior vice president and corporate secretary. He was senior vice president of EdPoint, Inc., corporate director of education relations and policy for The Boeing Company, state deputy budget director and chief education assistant to Washington Governor Booth Gardner, and an education association executive and government affairs consultant. He also served as senior education consultant to two former Boeing CEO’s and was active in the national Business Roundtable’s education and workforce policy task force for many years.

Robinson’s state experience also includes: chair of a state university board of trustees, a member of the state board of education, and director of several state education reform commissions. He has also been active in state Business Roundtable education and workforce policy task forces in California, Washington and Illinois, and he helped develop and lead several state-based non-profit education improvement organizations, including California Business for Education Excellence, Washington’s Partnership for Learning and the Institute for High Performing Schools.

Tough Choices or Tough Times, now available in book stores and on, was the result of two years of research around the world and meetings of a bipartisan group comprised of former Cabinet secretaries, governors, college presidents and education, business, civic and labor leaders. The Commission’s implementation effort is co-chaired by Senator William Brock and Marc Tucker, NCEE’s President. For more information about the Commission go to:

About the National Center on Education and the Economy

The National Center is a nonprofit organization created to develop proposals for building the world-class education and training system that the United States must have if it is to continue to be a world-class economy. The National Center engages in policy analysis and development and works collaboratively with others at the local, state, and national levels to advance its proposals in the policy arena. In 1990, the National Center’s first Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce released its report, America’s Choice: high skills or low wages! That report helped to launch the standards movement in American education. Many of the Commission’s recommendations have become the basis of national and state legislation. For more information about NCEE and its programs, please visit