Diane Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H.  W.  Bush, has endorsed me in my campaign for the Montgomery school board.

I am honored and humbled by this endorsement, because, without doubt, Diane Ravitch is one of this country’s leading advocates for public schools.  The fact that she was an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education under President George H. W. Bush, gives this endorsement tremendous credibility.

Ravitch, whose last two books about education were New York Times best sellers, endorsed me on her blog, which receives 100,000 views per week.  She says in part:

“Larry Lee is the real thing. He is running for the school board to fight for better schools. I hope the people of his district elect him to stand up for their children and their public schools.”

Ravitch has been a member of the National Assessment Governing Board and held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution.  Nine universities and college have recognized her with honorary degrees.

She is also founder and president of the Network for Public Education.  I was on the charter board of this national organization.

For someone of this stature to endorse a candidate for a local school board is highly significant.