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NewSchools Venture Fund’s Weiss to Oversee Race to the Top

By Michele McNeil — May 19, 2009 1 min read

The $4-plus-billion Race to the Top fund has a new master: Joanne S. Weiss, a partner and the chief operating officer at the NewSchools Venture Fund.

We’ve heard that Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement today in a speech to the NewSchools Venture Fund via a video link.

Weiss will be in charge of the larger, $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund, which gives grants to states. Jim Shelton will be in charge of the smaller, $635 million Invest in What Works Innovation fund, which will give grants to school districts and nonprofits that make progress in closing the achievement gap.

Alexander Russo of This Week in Education fame is at the NewSchools conference, tweeting away, if you’d like to follow.

And in other education department personnel news, John White, the former spokesman for Prince George’s County, Md., school system, is now the department’s press secretary.

(Photo credit: Peter Bohler)