Charles P. Rose is the general counsel for the Department. He was nominated by President Obama on March 18, 2009, and confirmed by the United States Senate on May 1, 2009. In this position, Rose serves as the chief legal officer for the Department and as the legal adviser to the secretary of education on all matters affecting the Department's programs and activities.
Prior to his appointment, Rose was engaged in the private practice of law. He was a founding partner and corporate secretary of Franczek Radelet P.C. (formerly Franczek Radelet & Rose P.C.), established in 1994. There he represented school districts, municipalities, and other public employers across Illinois with respect to labor relations and collective bargaining matters, general matters of labor and employment law, and education law. Rose served as the lead negotiator on hundreds of collective bargaining agreements for a wide variety of public employers, including the Chicago Public Schools and City of Chicago.
While in private practice, Rose also advised Illinois' leading education and business organizations on matters of education reform and legislation. In 2006, ED-RED, a consortium of over 100 school districts in northern Illinois, recognized him for his leadership in education reform by presenting him with its inaugural Vision in Education Award. In 2008, Rose was elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, which is composed of distinguished union and management advocates and neutrals across the country who have made extraordinary contributions toward advancing scholarship, professionalism, and civility in the practice of labor and employment law.
Rose was a founding member of the board of directors of Advance Illinois, a statewide independent non-profit organization whose vision is to help ensure that Illinois public schools prepare every child to compete in the global economy. He served on the Chicago advisory board of Facing History and Ourselves, and was an inaugural member of the advisory board of the National College of Education at National-Louis University.
Prior to founding his former firm, Rose was a partner in the law firm of Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, and in-house counsel to the Illinois Association of School Boards. He formerly served as an adjunct lecturer of labor arbitration and collective bargaining at DePaul University College of Law and as an adjunct professor of school law at Northeastern Illinois University.
Rose received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1982 and graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1979.