California Rep. George Miller, Nancy Pelosi’s strong right arm and one of the top Democratic legislators of his generation, is stepping down at the end of this year after four decades in Congress.
Miller informed Pelosi, the Democratic leader, of his decision last Wednesday and began telling personal staff Monday morning in advance of a public announcement in his Bay Area home district.
Miller was a huge supporter of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, a big proponent for high stakes testing and teacher evaluations tied to high stakes tests and a vacuum cleaner when it came to sucking up huge amounts of campaign funds from the for-profit schooling industry.
I'm sure Miller will slink off to become a lobbyist in the education reform world somewhere, either for the charter sector or the for profit college sector.
One way or another, Miller will cash in.
The good news is, at least he's out of Congress.