Billie Orr

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Billie J. Orr, EdD.
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Billie Orr 2009
Nationality American

BA, Education Arizona State University, 1970

MA, Reading Education Arizona State University, 1972 EdD, Education Leadership Arizona State University, 1994

Billie J. Orr, Ed.D. is an American advocate for political and education reform.[1] She is the former president of the Education Leaders Council, and former deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Arizona . She was the principal of Kiva School in Scottsdale, Arizona from 1994 to 1997.[2]

She lives in Prescott, Arizona and has been active in the Tea Party movement[3] in both Prescott and Bozeman, Montana.[4] In January 2015 she became a candidate for the Prescott city council.[5]

Professional background[edit]

Billie Orr has been active in Tea Party[6] and Republican Party issues for several years,[7] specifically advocating limited government and repealing common core education standards.[8]

Dr. Orr was active in public education for over twenty years in Arizona, and became the deputy Superintendent of Public Education.[9] With her leadership, Arizona implemented the most vigorous charter school program in the country.[10]

She left the Arizona Department of Education in 2001 to become the president of the Education Leaders Council in Washington, D.C. Education Leaders Council is a non-profit, conservative education reform organization founded by a number of state school officials in 1995. It was an alternative to Council of Chief State School Officers, a more liberal oriented organization with close ties to the teacher unions such as National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).[11] In that role she actively promoted increased standards in education and teacher preparation.[12] ELC gained federal funding for its project, Following the Leaders, to implement the reform policies of the new federal education law. However, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education initially suggested that ELC did not comply with federal regulations for the funds it was expending,[13] and federal procurement standards.[14] A final audit, however, showed that ELC’s financial and administrative management had actually undercharged the Department of Education and outstanding grant funding was ultimately paid to the ELC and its spin-off organization, Following the Leaders by the Department of Education.[15][16] Orr’s original contract was extended to 2004.

She has consistently promoted school choice and advocated at the local, state, and national levels for increased standards for students and teacher preparation, emphasizing equality for all students from the gifted, to special needs children, to the disadvantaged. In this effort she worked closely with local, state and federal officials.[17]

She serves as the director of Willow Hills Baptist Church adult bible studies and is a volunteer serving brain-injured individuals and Special Olympics.[18] Previously she was director of advancement at the Montana Bible College.[19]


Billie Orr is married and has a son who is a pilot in the United States Navy.[20]


  1. ^ "Future holds stricter guidelines for students". Sunday Courier. November 9, 1997. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Kiva Elementary School". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Montana Tea Party Protest of Obama". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  4. ^ Daniel Person (January 9, 2010). "Political Notes Getting crowded fast". Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  5. ^ "BILLIE ORR TO RUN FOR PRESCOTT CITY COUNCIL". Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Montana Tea Party Protest of Obama". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  7. ^ "BILLIE ORR TO RUN FOR PRESCOTT CITY COUNCIL". Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
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  9. ^ "Education Week, May 9, 2001". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  10. ^ http School Choice in the Real World: Lessons from Arizona Charter Schools By Robert Maranto, Scott Milliman, Frederick Hess Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  11. ^ "State School Officials Form Unprecedented Education Leaders Council, Center for Education Reform, September 26, 1995". Archived from the original on April 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  12. ^ "The Christian Science Monitor, August 26, 2002". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  13. ^ "The Education Leaders Council's Drawdown and Expenditure of Federal Funds, U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General, January 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  14. ^ "Education Leaders Council's Subcontracting Activities, U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General, July 28, 2006". Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  15. ^ U.S. Department of Education, grant funding ledger entries for Fiscal Year 2006 and 2007.
  16. ^ "Following the Leaders IRS Form 990, Fiscal year 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-05-13. [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices". Archived from the original on 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  18. ^ "BILLIE ORR TO RUN FOR PRESCOTT CITY COUNCIL". Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  19. ^ "Bozeman Daily Chronicle, November 23, 2008". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  20. ^ "Bozeman Daily Chronicle, November 27, 2005". Retrieved 2010-01-26.