James Kadamus is a national education consultant and writer. From 2006–2016 he was Vice President and Partner at Sightlines LLC, an education management consulting firm working with higher education and K–12 institutions. From 1994–2005, Jim served as Deputy Commissioner, Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education, at the New York State Department of Education, Albany, NY. In that capacity, he implemented standards-based preK–12 reform in New York’s school districts serving 3.1 million students, resulting in higher levels of student achievement. He also oversaw the development of New York’s school finance program and managed the $18 billion school aid program. Before his service as Deputy Commissioner, Jim served as Associate Commissioner, Office of Finance, Management and Information Services; Assistant Commissioner, Office of Higher and Continuing Education; Assistant Commissioner, Office of Elementary, Secondary and Continuing Education; and Chief, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision—all at the New York State Education Department. He has testified and advocated before the U.S. Congress and New York State Legislature on numerous education and budget legislation. He writes commentary on education for The Providence Journal and other education websites and blogs. Jim is a member of the Ocean Community YMCA Association Board of Directors based in Westerly, Rhode Island. B.A., M.R.P.