NewSchools CEO Ted Mitchell Tapped For Dept Of Ed Job

Career College Central summary:

  • There's talk in Washington, DC that NewSchools Venture Fund chief executive, Ted Mitchell, will be named by the Obama administration for a top-ranking job at the Department of Education, possibly as Under Secretary of Education.
  • That seat is currently held by Martha J. Kanter, who announced in August that she planned to leave the administration and return to academia. Kanter, who joined the Obama administration in June 2009, was previously chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.
  • Neither NewSchools Venture Fund nor Mitchell were available to comment on the news, which was first reported by Politico. A job as Under Secretary requires a Senate confirmation hearing, something which could be challenging given the Senate's rocky relationship with the Obama administration. This past summer, Mitchell relocated to the Washington, DC office of NSVF.
  • Mitchell is well-liked as a thoughtful yet clear-spoken leader who has kept a steady focus on student achievement. Under his tenure at NewSchools, the organization has expanded beyond funding charter schools into supporting tools for teachers.

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