Thursday, July 9, 2009

White House Appoints Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

President Obama has appointed Alexa Posny as his Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. As you can see from her bio, she has a lot of relevant experience, including being a teacher herself.

"Alexa E. Posny currently serves as the Commissioner of Education for the state of Kansas. As Commissioner, she is responsible for helping over 450,000 students meet or exceed high academic standards, licensing over 45,000 teachers, and overseeing a state education budget of a little over $4.5 billion. Prior to this, Posny was appointed as the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the U.S. Department of Education, a position in which she assisted state and local efforts to effectively educate all children and youth with disabilities. Other positions that Posny has held included the Kansas Deputy Commissioner of Education, Kansas State Director of Special Education, Director of Special Education for the Shawnee Mission School District, Director of the Curriculum and Instruction Specialty Option as part of the Title 1 Technical Assistance Center (TAC) network of TACs across the United States, and a Senior Research Associate at Research and Training Associates in Overland Park, Kansas. Posny earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, a master's degree in behavioral disabilities and a doctorate in educational administration both from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Chief State School Officers, the National Council for Learning Disabilities, and chairs the National Assessment Governing Board's Special Education Task Force. Most importantly, she has been a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels and remains a teacher today, serving as adjunct faculty with the University of Kansas."

Posny's nomination requires Senate confirmation. Read July 6 press release, including other appointments.

UPDATE: Kathy Martinez has been confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor. Read bio from the Washington Post.
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