Tom Payzant

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Tom Payzant was a professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education after retiring as superintendent of Boston Public Schools in June of 2006. During his eleven years in Boston, Payzant increased the focus on basic subjects such as literacy and math while investing heavily in teacher training. For most of the 1980's, Payzant was superintendent of the San Diego public schools, then became Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education during the Clinton administration. Payzant is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and was selected for the 2004 Richard R. Green Award for Excellence in Urban Education by the Council of Great City Schools, as well as being chosen the 2005 Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. Payzant received his master's in teaching and his doctorate in education from Harvard University.