Governors’ Education Priorities in their 2024 State-of-the-State Addresses

By Bella DiMarco
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Education, By the Numbers

FutureEd Index

Teachers of Color

  • 6%

    Teachers that are men of color

  • 26%

    Students that are boys of color

Source: American Institute for Boys and Men

Teen Survey

  • 38%

    Teens who feel comfortable talking about racism or racial inequality in school

  • 29%

    Teens who feel comfortable talking about sexual orientation or gender identity in school

Source: Pew Research Center

Youth Homelessness

  • 1.2 million

    Pre-K through 12th grade students experiencing homelessness

  • 15%

    Increase in the number of unaccompanied youth in shelters from 2022 to 2023

Source: SchoolHouse Connection

Arizona ESA Cost

  • $587 million

    Estimated total cost of Arizona's universal ESA program, 2022-23

  • $189 million

    Total cost of the targeted ESA program prior to universal expansion, 2021-22

Source: Learning Policy Institute

Wraparound Services

  • 60%

    Public schools that use a "community school" or "wraparound services" model, 2023-24 school year

  • 45%

    Public schools that use a "community school" or "wraparound services" model, 2022-23 school year

Source: School Pulse Panel

Undocumented Immigrants

  • 1,908,000

    First-generation immigrant students in the U.S. higher education system

  • 408,000

    Undocumented students enrolled in higher education

Source: Higher Ed Immigration Portal

Voter Issues

  • 80%

    Voters who believe that hiring quality teachers is very important for public officials to address

  • 27%

    Voters who believe that book banning/curriculum censorship is very important to address

Source: The Hunt Institute

PISA Scores

  • 34%

    U.S. students considered to be low performers on the 2022 PISA math test

  • 7%

    U.S. students considered to be high performers on the 2022 PISA math test

Source: PISA

Student Teacher Ratios

  • 15:1

    Average public school student-teacher ratio in the U.S. for the 2023-24 school year

  • 23:1

    Student-teacher ratio in Utah, the highest in the U.S.

Source: Public School Review

Advanced Math

  • 35%

    Schools with high enrollments of Black and Latino students offering calculus

  • 54%

    Schools with low enrollments of Black and Latino students offering calculus

Source: Civil Rights Data Collection

College Dropout Rates

  • 32.9%

    Undergraduates who do not complete their degree program

  • 35%

    Less income earned among dropouts compared to bachelor’s degree holders

Source: Education Data Initiative

Computer Science Courses

  • 57.5%

    High schools that offer foundational computer science courses

  • 5.8%

    High school students who are enrolled in those courses

Source: Code.org

Teacher Vacancies

  • 47%

    Public schools that were unable to fill a teaching position for physical sciences, 2021-22 school year

  • 26%

    Public schools that were unable to fill a teaching position for physical sciences, 2011-12 school year

Source: NCES

Role Models

  • 28%

    Young adults from lower-income households who said they had a role model with a successful career growing up

  • 84%

    Young adults from higher-income families who said they had a successful role model growing up

Source: Amazon-Gallup Poll

School Resource Officers

  • $2.62 billion

    Annual expenditures on school resource officers’ salaries and benefits (in 2023 dollars) nation-wide

  • $46.87

    Average expenditure per student on school resource officers

Source: Urban Institute

School Meals

  • $170.13

    Average yearly school meal debt per child in the U.S.

  • 1.54 million

    Students across the country whose families must pay for full-priced school meals they cannot afford

Source: Center for American Progress

NAEP Scores & Absenteeism

  • 45%

    4th grade reading NAEP score decline explained by changes in absenteeism

  • 27%

    4th grade math NAEP score decline explained by changes in absenteeism

Source: The White House

Higher Education

  • $30,000

    Average total income among U.S. adults with no postsecondary education

  • $75,000

    Average total income among U.S. adults with a bachelor's degree

Source: Gallup

School Supplies

  • $500

    Average amount public school teachers spend on classroom supplies

  • 25%

    Increase in the cost of school supplies in the U.S. from 2022 to 2023

Source: The 74

Parent Satisfaction

  • 80%

    Parents in the U.S. satisfied with their child's education

  • 42%

    Adults in the U.S. satisfied with the education system

Source: Gallup

Legacy Advantage

  • 37%

    Acceptance rate at selected elite colleges for legacy students

  • 9.5%

    Acceptance rate at the same schools for non-legacy students

Source: The New York Times

Learning Loss

  • 4.1

    Additional months of schooling needed for students grades 3-8 to catch up in reading

  • 4.5

    Additional months of schooling needed for students grades 3-8 to catch up in math

Source: NWEA

School Psychologists

  • 1,127

    Average students per school psychologist

  • 500

    Recommended students per school psychologist

Source: National Association of School Psychologists

Arming Teachers

  • 54%

    Teachers who believe teachers carrying firearms would make schools less safe

  • 20%

    Teachers who believe teacher-carry would make schools safer

Source: RAND

NAEP Scores, 13-year-olds

  • 85%

    13-year-olds who demonstrated skills in basic problem solving and math operations in 2012

  • 71%

    13-year-olds who demonstrated skills in basic problem solving and math operations in 2022

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Religion in School

  • 63%

    Democrats who believe public school teachers should not be able to lead students in prayer

  • 39%

    Republicans who believe public school teachers should not be able to lead students in prayer

Source: Pew Research Center

Partisan Views on Schools

  • 72%

    Democrats who believe K-12 schools are having a positive effect on the country

  • 61%

    Republicans who believe K-12 schools are having a negative effects on the country

Source: Pew Research Center

Teacher Salaries & Rent Prices

  • 15

    Cities where a one-bedroom rental is unaffordable for a new teacher with a bachelor's degree

  • 9

    Cities where a one-bedroom rental is unaffordable for a new teacher with a master's degree

Source: NCTQ

NAEP History Scores

  • 29%

    8th graders scoring below "basic" on NAEP U.S. history, 2014

  • 40%

    8th graders scoring below "basic" on NAEP U.S. history, 2022

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

School Resource Officers

  • 36%

    Schools that are lower-income, predominantly Black (>80%) with a school resource officer, 2017-18

  • 5%

    Schools that are lower-income, predominantly White (>80%) with a school resource officer, 2017-18

Source: Urban Institute

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Emmeline Zhao is now the chief creative officer at The 74.

February 2024

Scott Benson, who was previously at the University of North Carolina, is now at Cambiar Education.

February 2024

Christine Pitts, who was previously at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, is now a senior fellow at Education Northwest.

February 2024

Andy Smith, who was previously the director of policy and advocacy at TNTP, is now the senior director of policy and advocacy at Chiefs for Change.

February 2024

Jorge Fanjul, who was previously the North American program director at the Centre for Public Impact, is the new executive director of Latinos for Education‘s Massachusetts region. Jacqueline Monterroso also joins the organization as the Massachusetts director of policy and advocacy.

February 2024

Carmel Martin, who was previously the deputy assistant to the president and domestic policy advisor to the vice president, is now the special secretary for the Governor’s Office for Children in Maryland Governor Wes Moore’s cabinet.

January 2024

Steven Hernández, who was previously the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity, is the next executive director of ConnCAN.

January 2024

Brooke Stafford-Brizard, who was previously the vice president for research to practice at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is the new vice president for innovation and impact at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

January 2024

Dr. Brittany Corde, who was previously program manager at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, is the new senior program officer at Ascendium Education Group.

January 2024

Bill Horwath, who was a consultant at Education First, is now managing partner at the organization.

January 2024

Dr. Deborah A. Gist, who was previously the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, is Transcend‘s new superintendent-in-residence.

January 2024

Liana Loewus, who was previously the education managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, is the new managing editor of WETA’s Reading Universe.

January 2024

Patrick Wall, former senior national reporter with Chalkbeat, is now education editor for a new statewide reporting team launched by The Advocate and NOLA News.

January 2024

Lelaine Bigelow, who was previously vice president for social impact and congressional relations at the National Partnership for Women & Families, is the new executive director of Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality.

January 2024

Nick Anderson, who was formerly a senior reporter covering higher education for The Washington Post, is joining the American Council on Education as vice president for higher education partnerships and improvement.

January 2024

Nirvi Shah, who was the education enterprise editor of USA Today, is the new executive editor of The Hechinger Report.

January 2024

Joseph Hettler, who was senior vice president of strategic growth and finance at TNTP, is now the chief partnership officer at K12 Coalition.

January 2024

José Muñoz, who was previously senior director of the Coalition for Community Schools with the Institute for Educational Leadership, is the new president of Education Commission of the States.

January 2024

Adam Kushner, who was previously the education editor at The Washington Post, is the new deputy for The New York Times‘ The Morning newsletter. Moriah Balingit also left the education team at The Post and joined the Associated Press as an early education reporter.

January 2024

Jay Martinez, who was previously at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is now a program officer at Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.

December 2023

Diego Arambula, who was managing partner at Transcend, is joining The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as vice president for educational transformation.

December 2023

Michelle Mercado, who was senior vice president of consulting at TNTP, is now the chief program officer at Mass Insight Education & Research. Andrea Wolfe, who was the chief talent officer and chief of staff for Propel America, will also join the organization as chief advancement officer.

December 2023

Monica Milligan has been promoted to executive director of Gradient Learning, the parent company behind Summit Learning and Along.

December 2023

Laura Slover, founder and chief executive at CenterPoint Education Solutions, has stepped down to lead a new initiative of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Educational Testing Service. CenterPoint’s chief operating officer, Sue Krause, will take over.

December 2023

Erica Meltzer, who was bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado, is now Chalkbeat’s new national editor.

December 2023

Maria Voles Ferguson, who was previously the executive director of the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University, is joining Strada Education Foundation as their vice president for content.

December 2023

Jhone Ebert, superintendent of public instruction in Nevada, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to the National Assessment Governing Board.

December 2023

Jim Roberts is stepping down as publisher of The 74. Steve Snyder, who is currently the organization’s editor-in-chief, will be taking on the role of CEO.

November 2023

Charles L. Welch, who was president of Arkansas State University System, has been named the new president and CEO of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

November 2023

Dr. Janice Hicks, who was vice president for institutional effectiveness at Odessa College, is the new deputy director of education grantmaking at Ascendium Education Philanthropy.

November 2023

Jessica Cardichon, who was previously education policy director for U.S. Senate HELP Committee, is now special assistant to the President for education.

November 2023

Robert Gordon, who was previously at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is now the deputy assistant to the President for economic mobility.

November 2023

Sara Allan, who was a director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the next president of the Valhalla Foundation.

October 2023

Naeha Dean, who was the executive director of the Camden Education Fund, is now a partner with City Fund. Maura Marino, who was CEO of Education Forward DC, is also joining City Fund as a partner.

October 2023

Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat’s national reporter, will be joining the Wall Street Journal as K-12  education reporter.

October 2023

Amanda Beaumont, who was director of federal relations at the University of Michigan, will be joining the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education subcommittee staff.

October 2023

Carey Wright, previously state superintendent of education in Mississippi, has been named interim state superintendent of schools in Maryland.

October 2023

Phyllis Jordan, who was FutureEd’s associate director, is now policy and communications director of EdFund, a new nonprofit dedicated to funding public schools equitably and adequately.

October 2023

Michael Brickman has joined The Cicero Institute as senior fellow and education policy director.

October 2023

Lisa McIntyre-Hite, previously vice president of learning innovation at Guild Education, is now executive vice president and chief operating officer of C-BEN Solutions. Grace Fowler, also previously at Guild, has joined the organization as senior director of client success.

October 2023

Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri, previously superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, is now chief program officer at One Million Degrees.

October 2023

Dakarai Aarons has a new role as the director of employee philanthropy programs at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

October 2023

Indira Dammu is now associate partner at Bellwether.

October 2023

Norma Ming, manager of research & evaluation at San Francisco Unified School District, will join the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as managing director of the Carnegie Evidence and Improvement Lab.

September 2023

Jonathan Travers has assumed the presidency of Education Resource Strategies, and maintains his role as managing partner of their consulting practice. Greg Hills, former CEO at FSG, is chief operating officer and managing partner of core services. Betty Chang is managing partner of field building.

September 2023

Steph Smith, formerly the editor-in-chief of Teach For America, is now the Education Writers Association‘s content director. Joining her as content manager is Naomi Harris, formerly a reporter at Open Campus.

September 2023

Penny Schwinn, former Tennessee education commissioner, has joined the University of Florida as vice president for PK-12 and pre-bachelors programs.

September 2023

Nicole Rodriguez Leach, former vice president of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, is now executive director of Grantmakers for Education.

September 2023

Robin V. Harris, currently vice president of strategic communications at The Education Trust, has been named The Wallace Foundation’s vice president, communications.

September 2023

Sarah Jane Forman, who was general counsel for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, is now general counsel at KIPP DC.

September 2023

Subira Gordon, executive director of ConnCAN, is leaving to become CEO of the Nashville Charter Collaborative. Hamish MacPhail will be taking on the role of interim executive director.

August 2023

Nathan Jones, who was associate professor in Special Ed and Ed Policy at Boston University, was named the new commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).

August 2023

Matthew P. Steinberg, who was associate professor of education and public policy at George Mason University, will be the managing director of research and evaluation at Accelerate.

August 2023

Jeremy Anderson, president of the Education Commission of the States, has been named chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative.

August 2023

Kirabo Jackson, a Northwestern University economics professor and FutureEd research advisor, has been named to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

August 2023

Danika Rux, who was chief of school support for the New York City Department of Education, is now the department’s deputy chancellor of school leadership.

August 2023

Robert Runcie, former superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida, has been named chief executive officer of Chiefs for Change, a position he has held in an interim capacity since May 2022.

August 2023

Jason Glass, Kentucky’s state education commissioner, is leaving the post to become an associate vice president of teaching and learning at Western Michigan University.

August 2023

Deena Bishop, former superintendent of Anchorage Public Schools, has been named Alaska’s state education commissioner.

August 2023

Lexi Barrett, a senior advisor to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and former associate vice president at Jobs for the Future, is now chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education.

July 2023

Tara García Mathewson, a reporter for the Hechinger Report, has joined The Markup to cover the intersection of higher education and technology.

July 2023

Stacey Childress, who was CEO of the Advanced Education Research & Development Fund and the New Schools Venture Fund, is now a senior partner at McKenzie & Company.

July 2023

Dana Grayson, a project director at WestEd, is now director of its teacher workforce content area.

July 2023

Elda Garcia, who was executive director of the National Association of Testing Professionals, is now executive director of national partnerships for Imagine Learning.

July 2023

Jacqueline Greer, who was chief program officer at Urban Teachers, is now vice president of programs and partnerships for Equal Opportunity Schools.

July 2023

Caprice Young, who was president of the Education Growth Group consulting firm, is now superintendent and CEO of Navigator Schools, a network of charter schools in California.

July 2023

Loretta Goodwin, chief operating officer of the Aurora Institute, has been named interim CEO of the organization, replacing Susan Patrick.

July 2023

James Lane, who was leading the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, is now chief executive officer of PDK International.

July 2023

Daniel Losen, who was director of The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA, is now senior director of education for the National Center for Youth Law.

July 2023

Brooke LePage, a former FutureEd policy analyst and recent graduate of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, is now a policy analyst for Congress’s Joint Economic Committee.

July 2023

Stephanie Cornell, managing director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, has been named executive director of the Walton Family Foundation.

July 2023

Mildred García, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, has been named chancellor of the California State University system.

July 2023

Shannon Williams, an executive vice president at The Mind Trust in Indianapolis, is chief operating officer, as well.

July 2023

Emily Ann Gullickson, chief executive officer and founder of the A for Arizona advocacy group, has been named deputy secretary of education in Virginia.

 

July 2023

Scott Jaschik, founder and editor of Inside Higher Ed, is retiring.

July 2023

Mary Kingston Roche, senior director of  policy at the Institute for Education Leadership, is leaving to found Live Curious, helping people cultivate their curiosity.

July 2023

Cara Stillings Candal, a managing director at ExcelinEd, has been promoted to vice president of policy.

July 2023

Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University professor and former chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, has been named president of The Brookings Institution.

June 2023

Khalid N. Mumin, who was superintendent of schools at Lower Merion School District, has been confirmed as Pennsylvania’s secretary of education.

June 2023

Kristy Brown, director of schools for Jackson County Schools in Tennessee, will join the Tennessee Department of Education as chief academic officer.

June 2023

Manjula Karamcheti, senior associate researcher at The Center for Certification and Competency-based Education, is joining the Barr Foundation as a program officer on the education team.

June 2023

Rashidah Lopez Morgan, former principal consulting at Education First Consulting, has been promoted to partner.

June 2023

Shenkiat Lim, who was the director of people & culture at the Scratch Foundation, has been named the chief people & equity officer at Education First Consulting.

June 2023

Cheri Fancsali, deputy director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, has been promoted to executive director or the alliance.

June 2023

Susana Córdova, the former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, has become Colorado commissioner of education.

June 2023

McKenzie Snow, Virginia’s deputy secretary of education, has been named director of the Iowa Department of Education.

June 2023

Rodney D. Bennett, who was president of the University of Southern Mississippi, has been named chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

June 2023

Hunter Sunrise, who was chief marketing officer for Instapage, has joined SchoolStatus as chief marketing officer.

June 2023

Julie Kornfeld, vice provost at Columbia University, has been named president of Kenyon College.

June 2023

Rebecca Sibilia, founder of EdBuild and a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is leaving the foundation to launch a new organization called EdFund.

June 2023

Jenny Gold, who was a reporter at Kaiser Health News, has joined the Los Angeles Times where she is covering early childhood development and education.

June 2023

Augustus Mays, who was director of policy and outreach at WestEd, is now vice president for partnerships and engagement at The Education Trust.

June 2023

Millard House II, former superintendent of Houston Independent School District, has been named CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

June 2023

John Papay, an associate professor of education at Brown University who studies educational inequality, has been appointed director of Brown’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

June 2023

Margaret Spellings, U.S. secretary of education under President George W. Bush, has been named chief executive officer of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

June 2023

Mike Miles, former superintendent for Dallas Independent School District and Colorado’s Harrison School District, has been appointed by the state to lead the Houston Independent School District.

June 2023

Asher Lehrer-Small, an education reporter at The 74, is joining Houston Landing, a nonprofit news outlet in Houston.

May 2023

Natalia Pane, who currently serves as the chief operations officer at Child Trends, has been named the organization’s next president.

May 2023

Amy Kuether, who was previously a senior writer for Ascendium’s Strategic Communications team, has joined the organization’s Education Philanthropy team as a program officer for strategic engagement.

May 2023

Ahnna Smith, who was executive director of the Workforce Investment Council of the District of Columbia, has joined the Education Strategy Group as a senior director.

May 2023

Brian Louie, who was a senior manager at Guild Education, is now vice president for investor relations and strategy at the Charter School Growth Fund.

May 2023

Warren Morgan, chief academic officer for Indianapolis Public Schools, has been named chief executive officer of the the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

May 2023

Jessica Rose, assistant superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools in Massachusetts, will join the Barr Foundation as education senior program officer.

May 2023

Mark Vianello, chief Operations Officer for Florida’s Marion County Public Schools in, has been named superintendent of Charlotte County Public Schools in Florida.

May 2023

Seth D. Harris, who served as acting secretary and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor in the Obama administration, has joined Whiteboard Advisors as a senior advisor.

May 2023

Ben Vinson III, provost of Case Western Reserve University, has been named president of Howard University.

May 2023

Penny Schwinn, Tennessee’s commissioner of education, is stepping down from the post in June. Gov. Bill Lee plans to nominate Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, vice president of policy with nonprofit ExcelinEd, as the next state schools’ chief.

May 2023

Jason Botel, a former acting U.S. assistant education secretary and vice president at Catapult Learning, is now vice president for national partnerships at the Age of Learning.

May 2023

Daniel Velasco, an equity consultant and former president of Latinos for Education, has been named chief executive officer of Ensemble Learning. He replaces Elise Darwish, who founded the nonprofit, which supports multilingual learning

May 2023

Alicia T. Johnson, president of KIPP NYC, has been named chief executive officer of the city’s charter network.

May 2023

Cheryl Logan, superintendent of Omaha Public Schools and former chief academic chief officer in Philadelphia, has been named inaugural executive director of the new McGraw Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education

April 2023

Hannah Smith, who was vice president of partnerships at ed-tech nonprofit Moneythink, joined Education Strategy Group as a director supporting the postsecondary transitions portfolio.

April 2023

Cheryl Watson-Harris, who has served as superintendent of DeKalb County Schools and deputy chancellor of New York City Department of Education, has been named executive director of Achieve Atlanta.

April 2023

Sinthia Sone-Moyano, an assistant superintendent in Connecticut’s Manchester Public Schools, has been named deputy commissioner for educational supports and wellness for the Connecticut State Department of Education.

April 2023

Kathryn Bradley, an education fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has been named partnerships manager at the Stuart Foundation.

April 2023

Amanda Fuchs Miller, a long-time Capitol Hill aide, most recently for Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is now deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Education Department.

April 2023

Katharine Strunk, an education policy and economics professor at Michigan State University and director of its Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

April 2023

Dympna Ugwu-Oju, editor of the Fresnoland Lab at the Fresno Bee, is joining EdSource as the K-12 Editor.

April 2023

Jorge Elorza, who was mayor of Providence, has been named chief executive officer or Democrats for Education Reform.

April 2023

Nicole Siegel, director of advocacy for social policy, education & politics at Third Way, is joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work on higher education issues.

March 2023

Jermaine Myrie, chief external affairs officer at uAspire, has been named chief executive officer of the youth mentoring organization MENTOR.

March 2023

Keith Witham, who was director of education grant making at Ascendium Education Group, has been promoted to vice president of education philanthropy.

March 2023

Dacia Toll, chief executive officer of the online learning platform Stepmojo, is now co-CEO of Coursemojo, a merger of Coursello and Stepmojo

March 2023

Nick Simmons, who was senior advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, is now deputy chief of staff for Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

March 2023

Lisa Coons, chief academic officer in the Tennessee Department of Education, has been named Virginia’s superintendent of public instruction. Jeremy Riley, superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools, will serve as the state education department’s chief of staff.

March 2023

Erica L. Green, an education reporter at The New York Times for the past six years, is leaving the beat for other projects. The Times education team now includes Sarah Mervosh and Troy Clossen.

March 2023

David P. Cleary, who was Republican staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, has joined DLA Piper’s public affairs practice as a senior policy advisor.

March 2023

Kathy Chow, director of  communications and development for CivicWell and a former executive director of the Asian American Journalists Association, has been named executive director of Education Writers Association.

 

March 2023

Gabriella Gómez, deputy director of U.S. policy and finance for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is joining Strada Education Network as executive vice president of policy, advocacy, and communications.

March 2023

Chad Aldis, vice president for Ohio policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, has been named director of the Iowa Department of Education.

March 2023

Garry W. Jenkins, currently dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, has been named president of Bates College.

March 2023

Monica R. Martinez, who was director of strategic initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute, has joined the Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Foundation as director of the college success program.

February 2023

Shin Inouye, who was executive vice president of Communications at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, is now a deputy assistant secretary for communications at the U.S. Department of Education.

February 2023

Jennifer Engle, who was director of U.S. program data at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is now a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Education.

February 2023

Arsenio Romero, superintendent of Los Lunas Schools in New Mexico, has been named  secretary of the New Mexico Public Education Department.

February 2023

Mark Teoh, who was vice president of learning, research, and impact at Teach Plus, has joined the Raikes Foundation as an education program officer.

February 2023

Elizabeth G. Schneider, chief officer for strategic initiatives for the NEA Foundation and former senior vice president for the Alliance for Excellent Education, will serve as deputy executive director for the National Assessment Governing Board.

February 2023

Stephen Kostyo, a senior policy advisor at the Learning Policy Institute, has joined the U.S. Education Department as a Full-Service Community Schools and Promise Neighborhood Impact Fellow through the Federation of American Scientists.

February 2023

Clarence Wardell III, who was the chief data and equity officer for the White House’s ARP implementation team, has joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a senior program officer for economic mobility and opportunity.

February 2023

Matt Frendewey, vice president of strategy and executive engagement at ExcelinEd, is joining yes. every kid. foundation as vice president of strategy.

February 2023

Tony Sanders, superintendent of the U-46 school district in Elgin, Illinois, has been named Illinois’ next state superintendent of education.

February 2023

Richard Corcoran, a former Florida education commissioner, will become interim president of New College in Sarasota, Florida, in March after trustees fired current president Patricia Okker.

February 2023

Jonathan P. Moore, who was deputy superintendent for student achievement at the Nevada Department of Education, has been named chief strategy officer for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

February 2023

Jessica Cardichon, deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, will become education policy director for new Senate HELP Committee chair Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)

February 2023

John L. Jackson, Jr.,  dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, has been named provost of the University of Pennsylvania.

January 2023

Hans Goff, formerly of Amazon and the office of the assistant speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives, is now the vice president of advocacy and government affairs at Democrats for Education Reform and its affiliate organization Education Reform Now.

January 2023

Jordan Wicker, who was executive director of the Invest in Student Advancement Alliance, has been named vice president of government relations at Career Education Colleges and Universities.

January 2023

Nemat “Minouche” Shafik, president of the London School of Economics, has been named as the next president of Columbia University.

January 2023

Eric Waldo, former executive director of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, has been named president and CEO of the District of Columbia College Access Program, the city’s largest scholarship program.

January 2023

Laura Hamilton, who was an associate vice president at ETS, has moved to the American Institutes for Research to become senior director of education measurement and assessment.

January 2023

Frances Messano, president of the New Schools Venture Fund, has become CEO of the philanthropy

January 2023

Sadie Stockdale Jefferson, who was executive director for the Children First Fund and a former deputy chief of staff in Chicago Public Schools, has been named executive director of the University of Chicago Education Lab.

January 2023

Ellen Granberg, provost of the Rochester Institute of Technology, has been named president of George Washington University, the first woman to hold the post.

January 2023

Ramin Taheri, who was chief of staff for the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, is now CEO for Magnet Schools of America.

January 2023

Lindsay Fryer, who was a senior vice president at the Penn-Hill Group, is now president and founding principal of Lodestone DC, a government relations, lobbying, and consulting firm.

January 2023

Regan Kelly, who was a managing partner at TNTP, has joined Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies as director of education grant making.

January 2023

Jill Hawley, who was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is now vice president of philanthropy for Gary Community Ventures.

January 2023

Jessica Johnson, who was senior vice president for policy, practice, and systems change at the American Institutes for Research, is joining Education Northwest as chief program and development officer.

January 2023

Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell School District in South Dakota, has been named the state’s next education secretary.  He replaces Tiffany Sanderson, who has taken a job as president of Lake Area Technical College.

January 2023

Sarah Mehrotra, who was a senior data and policy analyst at Education Trust, is a now a special assistant in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

January 2023

Amanda Beaumont, who was deputy education policy director on the Senate HELP Committee, is now director of federal relations at the University of Michigan, leading up their education policy work.

January 2023

Jacob Oliva, senior chancellor at Florida’s Department of Education, has become Arkansas’s secretary of education.

January 2023

Umut Ozek, principal economist at CALDER/AIR, is moving to the RAND Corporation as a senior economist.

January 2023

Ben Sasse, a Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska, has resigned from the Senate to become president of the University of Florida.

January 2023

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Jacqueline Rodriguez, vice president of research, policy and advocacy at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, will become CEO of the National Center for Learning Disabilities

January 2023

John B. King, president of Education Trust and former U.S. secretary of education, has been named chancellor of The State University of New York system.

January 2023

Zahava Stadler, special assistant for state funding and policy at Education Trust, is joining New America as project director for a new Education Funding Equity Initiative.

January 2023

Tomás Hanna, chief talent officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will become associate superintendent for secondary schools for the Philadelphia School District.

December 2022

Evelyn Nuñez, chief of schools the Philadelphia School District, will become associate superintendent of elementary schools for the district.

December 2022

Mike Herbstmann, chief financial officer of the Prince George’s County School District in Maryland, will become chief financial officer for the Philadelphia School District.

December 2022

Patrick Tutwiler, the former Lynn Public Schools superintendent and headmaster at Boston Public Schools who now serves as the senior program officer at the Boston-based Barr Foundation, has been named Massachusetts’ next secretary of education.

December 2022

Wesley Whistle, policy director for New America’s higher education program, is joining the U.S. Education Department to work on higher education issues.

December 2022

Claudine Gay, dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, will become Harvard University’s 30th president on July 1.

December 2022

Adam Phyall, director of technology and media services for Newton County School System in Covington, Georgia, has been named director of professional learning and leadership at All4Ed.

November 2022

Enrique A. Chaurand, who has led communications and marketing teams at UnidosUS and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, will become vice president of communications and marketing at All4Ed.

November 2022

Greg Toppo, a former lead education writer at USA Today and past president of the Education Writers Association, has joined the staff of The 74.

November 2022

David R. Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill., and the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year, has been named executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. He will replace Daniel A. Domenech, who is retiring in February.

November 2022

Natasha Ushomirsky, state director for Massachusetts at Education Trust, is joining the Barr Foundation’s education team as senior program officer.

November 2022

Katie Zaback, an education consultant who served in the Colorado Department of Higher Education, is joining Colorado Succeeds as vice president of governmental affairs.

November 2022

Jessie Mandle, who was deputy director of Voices for Utah Children, is now national program director for the Healthy Schools Campaign.

November 2022

Dana Goldstein, a long-time education reporter at The New York Times, is moving off the beat to cover family policy, demographics and sociology. Vimal Patel is shifting from the Times’ Express desk to cover free speech in education. Jacey Fortin and Sarah Mervosh joined the education desk earlier in fall 2o22.

November 2022

Jenny Curtin, who was a senior program officer at the Barr Foundation, has been appointed as the foundation’s director of education.

November 2022

Jack Stripling, a leadership and accountability reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, is joining The Washington Post’s education team as an investigative reporter focused on universities and colleges.

November 2022

Denise Forte, who was serving as interim CEO of Education Trust, has been named to the position permanently.

October 2022

Casey Haugner Wrenn, who was executive director of student readiness and early postsecondary at the Tennessee Department of Education, is now director of career readiness at Education Strategy Group.

October 2022

Brian Prescott, vice president of  the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), has been named president of the organization. He replaces Sally Johnstone, who is retiring.

October 2022

Scott Montgomery, who spent years in senior positions at ACT before leaving to run a Christian school in Iowa, is returning to ACT as vice president of strategic initiatives.

October 2022

Nicholas Munyan-Penney, who was a senior policy analyst at Education Reform Now, is joining Education Trust as assistant director of P12 policy.

October 2022

Kortne Edogun-Ticey, an education consultant and former administrator in Washington, D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent, is now a senior advisor in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

October 2022

Tim Farrell, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Military Child Education Coalition, has been named CEO of United Through Reading, a program that supports read-aloud programs for military families.

October 2022

Chelsea Montgomery, executive director of the Office of Student Supports in Georgia’s Fulton County Schools, has been named assistant superintendent of student services for Atlanta Public Schools.

October 2022

Jessica Sutter, an education consultant and president of the D.C. State Board of Education in joining the team at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars as the portfolio partner for youth civic development.

October 2022

Bernadine Futrell, who was director for the Office of Head Start at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has moved to the Education Department as deputy assistant secretary of education for equity and discretionary grants and support services.

October 2022

Marlon Marshall, a partner at the City Fund and former Obama administration official, has been named CEO of the City Fund. He replaces Neerav Kingsland, who is joining City Fund’s board.

October 2022

Blanchi Roblero, who was chief of staff of the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, is now deputy assistant secretary for that office.

January 2022

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