Movin' On Up
Question: If the undersecretary of education is no longer in an
office space underneath the secretary, does he need a new title?
Apparently not. Department spokesman Daniel Langan offered assurances last week that even though Eugene W. Hickok will soon be moving up to new digs on the seventh floor at the Department of Education's headquarters near the Capitol, he will still be the "under" secretary.
"The purpose of this move is to ensure that the secretary's senior leadership of the department are all on one floor," Mr. Langan said. "It's to ensure better access to the secretary, and for the secretary to have access to the work that the undersecretary will be involved in."
As the undersecretary, Mr. Hickok occupies the No. 3 slot in the agency's hierarchy. Before joining the department, he was Pennsylvania's secretary of education for six years.
Mr. Langan noted that the undersecretary's new space will be right near what Mr. Hickok has called the "war room" for implementing the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001. Mr. Hickok is leading that effort, along with Susan B. Neuman, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.
Members of Congress, meanwhile, have some fresh ammunition for fighting that "war" on the homefront.
House Republicans headed to their home districts last weekend armed with an "implementation kit" that even includes a CD-ROM for tech-savvy lawmakers.
The kit offers tips for tailoring an "Education 101" presentation, or the more advanced "201" version, to members' constituents.
GOP staff members from the House Education and the Workforce Committee put the package together.
"It sort of reflects our belief that simply passing and enacting the No Child Left Behind Act wasn't the end of education reform," said David Schnittger, a committee spokesman, "it was the beginning."
—Erik W. Robelen
Vol. 21, Issue 28, Page 24Published in Print: March 27, 2002, as Federal File