Mark Roosevelt was appointed the Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Schools in August of 2005. Roosevelt is a public-sector change agent with a proven track record. A champion of public education, he has been successful in attaining the support necessary for the equitable funding and accountability measures necessary to drive school improvement. As Chair of the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Education Committee, Roosevelt worked for three years to craft and steer to passage the Education Reform Act of 1993, landmark legislation fundamentally restructuring the way that state funds and manages its public schools. As a result of the Act, well-to-do and poor districts now have roughly the same resources and the state has a highly regarded academic standards and assessment program. Massachusetts now leads the nation in educational performance at almost all grade levels and subject matters. In 1994, Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts.