People in the News

November 07, 2001 1 min read

President Bush has appointed Nancy S. Grasmick to the federal Commission on Excellence in Special Education.

Nancy S. Grasmick

Ms. Grasmick, 62, who was appointed last month, has been Maryland’s superintendent of schools for 10 years. She will continue in that job while serving on the 21-member commission.

A former special education teacher herself, Ms. Grasmick will work with other commission members to evaluate special education.

The commission plans to issue a report next spring that examines the cost and effectiveness of special education, the federal government’s role in helping states and local districts provide special education services, the quality and educational backgrounds of special education teachers, and the inclusion of children with disabilities in student accountability programs.

The National Education Knowledge Industry Association’s board of directors has appointed James W. Kohlmoos, a former deputy assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education, to be the association’s new president.

Mr. Kohlmoos, 52, who is the vice president of the Implementation Group, a government-relations firm in Washington that represents a variety of education organizations, will start his new job next month.

From 1993 to 1999, he served at the U.S. Department of Education as a deputy assistant secretary and as a senior adviser and special assistant to then-Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. Prior to that, he was a vice president of the Washington-based Close Up Foundation, which brings students to the nation’s capital to teach them how government works.

NEKIA is a Washington-based trade association that represents education researchers, program developers, and educational entrepreneurs.

—Marianne Hurst

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A version of this article appeared in the November 07, 2001 edition of Education Week