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Vicki Phillips is the college-ready education director for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing work to ensure American high school students graduate ready to succeed and to improve access to college. She was previously superintendent of Portland Public Schools and before that, Pennsylvania secretary of education and the state’s chief state school officer. Phillips previously served at the state level in her home state of Kentucky, helping to implement the sweeping changes demanded by the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. She has worked with the US Department of Education and has been a middle and high school teacher. [+]