Nationally, I am proud of being one of the original members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (appointed by President Obama in 2009 and one of only eight of the 37 members not from New York, Washington D.C., or Los Angeles). The signature program of the Committee, the Turnaround Arts program, is the single best achievement gap program I have seen. I was able to secure the participation of four Minnesota schools as a part of Phase II.

See Turnaround Arts for more on this public-private partnership.