Rod Paige

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Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige (born June 17, 1933) is an American educator. A Republican, he served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.

Life and career

Born in Monticello, Mississippi, Paige earned a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University, then earned both a master's and a doctoral degree from Indiana University.

After working as a teacher and coach, he served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University. He was elected to the Board of Education of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in 1989 and served from 1990 to 1994. He helped implement the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Paige once referred to the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, as a "terrorist organization.".[1]

He is currently the Chairman of the Chartwell Education Group, an international consultant firm.


  • Paige, Rod (2009). The War Against Hope: How Teachers' Unions Hurt Children, Hinder Teachers, and Endanger Public Education. Thomas Nelson, ISBN 978-1595550811
  • Paige, Rod and Elaine Witty (2010). The Black-White Achievement Gap: Why Closing It Is the Greatest Civil Rights Issue of Our Time. AMACOM, ISBN 978-0814415191


  1. Staff report (February 24, 2004). Paige Calls NEA 'Terrorist Organization.' FOX News

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