USPIE Advisory Board members are independent of each other, provide guidance and advice directly to the Leadership Team and do not necessarily share opinions and values beyond their commitment to the mission of USPIE. During this time of divisiveness in our country, we appreciate all USPIE members’ willingness to find common ground to work together on the critical issue of educating America’s children.
R. James Milgram is Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, Stanford University, where he has taught since 1970. He was the only member of the Common Core Validation Committee with a doctorate in mathematics and one of the five who refused to ratify the standards. Milgram sits on the National Board for Education Sciences (a presidential board that oversees the Institute for Education Research at the U.S. Department of Education), the NASA Advisory Council, and the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel. He also contributed to Drilling Through the Core: Why Common Core is Bad for America. Dr. Milgram’s demonstration of understanding America’s education dilemma has brought him to speak in countries spanning the globe.
Sandra Stotsky is Professor Emerita of the Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas. She contributed to Drilling Through the Core: Why Common Core is Bad for America, published in 2015 by Pioneer Institute in Boston, and is known nationwide for her in-depth analysis of Common Core’s problematic English language arts standards. Serving as Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and English language arts standards expert on Common Core’s Validation Committee highlight her career. In 2009, Professor Stotsky was one of five members to refuse signing off on the Common Core Standards. Regularly, before state boards of education and state legislators, Professor Stotsky is asked and willingly addresses legislation pertaining to licensure tests, licensure standards, Common Core standards, and more.
Dr. Duke Pesta, Professor of English at the Univ. of Wisconsin, is one of the nation’s lead experts on Common Core. He has delivered over 400 talks on Common Core in 40 states and has been interviewed on radio and TV over 1500 times. Dr. Pesta is Academic Director at FreedomProject Education, an online school dedicated to providing students a classical education delivered through state-of-the-art technology. He has taught at major research institutions in Texas where he was instrumental in developing and executing an elective Bible course for public high school students. He is also in demand on the speaking circuit as one of America’s foremost authorities on the dangers of Common Core.
Dr. Gary Thompson is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) who completed his undergraduate education at both the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In addition to his personal experiences involving his four children in public schools, he has completed thousands of hours in training/therapy/assessment/legal advocacy work with children in both the private and public school settings in multiple western states. He is also the author of an award winning doctoral dissertation which tackled why many African American children under-perform in school, and is an expert in psychological and educational testing, as well as privacy acts surrounding the use of these tests in both private and educational settings.
Alex Newman is an international journalist, educator, and consultant. In addition to serving as president of the small media and information-consulting firm Liberty Sentinel Media, Inc., he writes for a wide array of publications in the United States and abroad. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines such as the Gainesville Sun, Liberty magazine, Crisis magazine, The Diplomat magazine, and many more. Alex Newman currently serves as a foreign correspondent for The New American magazine and in 2014 published Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children with co-author Sam Blumenfeld.
Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture. She is a former managing editor of School Reform News, and she is the 2013-14 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core national education standards. Pullmann has been published extensively in leading print media throughout the country. She's taught middle and high school students history, literature, and debate, and she travels nationwide to speak at prominent venues including CPAC, the National Right to Life Convention, and statewide education conferences. She has been a guest on numerous talk shows, including Fox & Friends, the John Stossel show, and the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal.
Lily Tang Williams was a Chinese lawyer and law assistant professor, who became an American businesswoman and liberty activist.
Mrs. Williams directly witnessed Chairman Mao’s takeover and the horrors his regime inflicted. She grew up experiencing extremely poor living conditions, food rationing, political and social chaos and, of course, Communist indoctrination.
Today, Mrs. Williams manages her own home business, and relishes the freedom, independence, and prosperity she found in America. She loves her new country and travels frequently throughout the states to share the story of her American Dream, defending the free speech and free enterprise, and promoting civil and economic liberties, advocating for parental rights and school choices.
Author of The Story Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core, Dr. Moore is a teacher with a vision for school reform. He studied history at the universities of Chicago and Edinburgh. Briefly, Moore taught at Ashland University in Ohio following his term of service in the United States Marine Corps. From 2001 to 2008 he was the principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, Colorado. This start-up charter school became one of the leading schools in the nation. Twice under Moore the school ranked high in Colorado and later earned 15th best high school in nation by U. S. News and World Report, 2008. From 2008 till now Dr. Moore has taught history at Hillsdale College and won the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Conservative political commentator and New York Times best-selling author are only two of Michelle Malkin’s titles. She contributes to Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN and is welcomed on various national radio programs. Malkin started her career at the Los Angeles Daily News in 1992 and moved to the Seattle Times in 1996. Newspapers, magazines, and websites have all featured Malkin’s weekly column. Her viewpoints, seen in her Hot Air and Twitchy websites, unremittingly create national sensation. As much as Malkin’s an advocate for truth she is too a highly awarded and successful journalist. She has been awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award and the Breitbart Award for her excellence in journalism.
Christel Swasey, living in Pleasant Grove, Utah, is the mother of a blended family of five children, ranging from five years of age to twenty-three. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University, and a teaching credential from California State University. She has taught at the university level, public and private high school, elementary and home school co-ops. Currently she teaches at both FreedomProject Academy, a private online school, and at George Mueller Academy, a home school center. She is an active proponent of Constitutional education and writes a blog titled What is Common Core?
Ze’ev Wurman is a senior fellow with American Principles Project, and he is a former senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Education. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California. In 2010, he served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that evaluated Common Core’s for California adoption. He has authored multiple studies evaluating the Common Core math standards and has been widely published in professional and general media.
Dr. Peg Luksik is Founder and Chair of Founded on Truth. Her valuable experience in areas of education and family issues are proven by her work for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania. Dr. Lusik was key in passing legislation that restored parent’s rights in Pennsylvania. She sat on the Founding Boards of the Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Pennsylvania Leadership conference. Dr. Luksik hosted her own television talk show called The Learning Curve as well as co-authored Outcome Based Education: The State’s Assault on our Children’s Values. As Chairman of the National Parent’s Commission, Dr. Luksik fights for parental rights in education proactively and successfully.
Vicki E. Alger is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and author of the book Failure: The Federal "Misedukation" of America’s Children. Alger’s research focuses on education reforms that promote a competitive education marketplace and increase parents’ control over their children’s education. Alger has advised the U.S. Department of Education on public school choice and higher education reform. She has also provided expert testimony before state legislatures and served on two national accountability task forces. Alger’s research helped advance four parental choice voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs in Arizona. Alger received her Ph.D. in political philosophy from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. Alger lives in Arizona with her husband David.