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Moore or Less

Doling out billions in federal funding for telecommunications services in thousands of schools and libraries is nothing. Kate L. Moore will now do something really hard: ride herd on a classroom of elementary students.

The president of the Universal Service Administrative Co., which runs the federal E-rate program, resigned as of June 11 to attend a crash summer program in teaching. Next fall, she'll become a rookie teacher in the District of Columbia public schools.

Ms. Moore is among 100 midcareer job-switchers—more than half of them between the ages of 32 and 52—and young professionals who signed up for the first year of the 72,000-student district's teaching-fellows program.

"Rolling up my sleeves and making a difference in the classroom is something I want to do, I have wanted to do since college," said Ms. Moore, whose career so far has been a steady ascent up the corporate ladder.

She said in an interview that after her stint in the education-rate's senior management, she relished the prospect of viewing the program "through the other end of the telescope."

"I admittedly have a lot to learn about how to use technology effectively," she said.

She will also notice a difference in her paycheck. As a first-year teacher with a master's in business administration, Ms. Moore will earn the district's standard salary of $34,114. As the head of USAC, Ms. Moore earned $152,000.

Ms. Moore said she decided on the change after achieving a "significant birthday" and after the long-controversial E- rate program had achieved stability.

In her three years at the helm of USAC, Ms. Moore strengthened the fiscal mechanisms of the E-rate program and kept it on course through politically choppy seas, both E-rate supporters and critics say.

George McDonald, the director of operations at USAC's Schools & Libraries Division, is taking over as acting president of USAC.

—Andrew Trotter

Vol. 20, Issue 40, Page 21

Published in Print: June 13, 2001, as Federal File

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