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March 18, 2007|By [Gina Davis]

Fenwick W. English

Occupation

Senior professor at the University of North Carolina School of Education at Chapel Hill; lead auditor with Phi Delta Kappa International, a nonprofit group that reviews curriculum management in school systems.

in the news

English led a team of auditors who analyzed Baltimore County schools and found that a lack of curriculum oversight and teacher training undermined academic progress. Among their major findings, auditors said that teachers are inundated with new programs but receive little guidance on how to use them and that many schools are in disrepair.

career highlights

English created the curriculum audit process in 1979 with a partner at a private accounting and consulting firm. He is a former superintendent of schools in Northport, N.Y. In 1963, he earned a master's degree in elementary administration from the University of Southern California. He earned his doctorate in secondary education in 1972 from Arizona State University. He is the author or co-author of 26 books.

personal

The son of teachers, English grew up in Los Angeles, where he began teaching third grade in the public schools in 1961. He is married and has seven children and 16 grandchildren.

approach to the job

"The key to significant educational change is public transparency. The unvarnished truth is the only way to establish and maintain public trust."

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